How Much Does Air Conditioning Service Cost?

August 05, 2016

Not only does air conditioning help you to stay comfortable, it’s also vital to your health when we’re here in the dog days of summer. For that reason, when the cold air suddenly isn’t blowing or your AC won’t turn on at all, you’re not able to shop around for more than a couple days.

When your AC dies in the middle of the summer, you might not have time to call around for multiple quotes or research how much you may have to pay. Not being sure how much it may cost when the AC service expert knocks on your door can be intimidating, so we’re here with a few price ranges on some common services so you won’t be caught off guard when McElroy Service Experts shows up to get you up and running again.

  1. Refrigerant Leak Detection & Repair: $150 - $500
  2. AC Circuit Board Replacement: $450 - $1300
  3. Thermostat Replacement: $200 - $500
  4. Capacitor Replacement: $250 - $350
  5. Contactor Replacement: $150 - $350
  6. AC Fan Motor Replacement: $500 - $1200

Refrigerant Leak Detection and Repair

Depending on how accessible the leak is, whether or not it requires a leak test, and what precisely needs to be repaired, a typical refrigerant leak detection and repair can end up costing anywhere from $150 to $500 depending on the accessibility of the leak for the technician. If you’re not confident, always ask your air conditioning repair expert to show you his or her process and explain their findings.

AC Circuit Board Replacement

At times the problem may be beyond the AC equipment itself and the circuit board may be in need of replacing. Depending on the make and model of your air conditioner, a new circuit board for your AC could run anywhere from $450 to $1300.

Thermostat Replacement

If you’re thinking about replacing your home’s thermostat, a smart wifi thermostat will normally cost more than a standard thermostat. Depending on which style of thermostat you choose, you’re probably going to pay anywhere between $200 and $550 to install a new one. Fortunately, the newer thermostats could pay back their cost in energy management savings, provided they are programmed properly.

Capacitor or Contactor Replacement

If your air conditioner is still young or you decide to repair your older AC instead of investing in an energy-efficient A/C system upgrade, a capacitor will probably cost $250 to $350 and a contractor can run a little lower, ranging from $150 - $350. These repairs are two of the most common for your air conditioning system.

Air Conditioning Fan Motor Replacement

Again, it’s always responsible to consider the pros and cons of paying to repair your current AC system versus buying an upgraded, more energy-efficient piece of equipment. If replacing the fan motor is the better decision for you, a fan motor replacement could cost between $500 and $1200.

NOTE: Part repair under warranty

A common misunderstanding is that if the issue calls for a part to be replaced, that it is covered through the manufacturer’s equipment warranty; however, there are many additional costs that may not be covered under the warranty that will be your out-of-pocket costs. Even with standard repairs, for example, a capacitor replacement, the company still has to process this warranty through the manufacturer so they can get the credit on the part. Furthermore, all manufacturers instruct the contractor to hold the part for 60-120 days and may ask the contractor return the bad part at the contractor’s cost. Larger repairs, like a compressor, are included in this process but these larger repairs have additional supplies and materials required (i.e. refrigerant, copper fittings, etc.) that are not covered by the Original Equipment Manufacturer warranty. Unless you have a labor warranty you will continue have to pay out-of-pocket for the technician’s labor.

Keep in mind that these ranges are estimates and many times they can increase or decrease depending on where the home is, the specific issues with your equipment, the age of your air conditioner, and whether or not you’ve been having yearly maintenance to maintain the health of your air conditioning system and your manufacturer’s warranty. If your system is pretty much dead and replacement seems more likely, take a moment to read our air conditioner pricing guide.

If you would like more information or ever need expert AC repair, call McElroy Service Experts 24/7/365.

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