How Much Does Air Conditioning Service Cost?

August 05, 2016

Not only does your air conditioner help you to stay comfortable, it’s also vital to your health when we’re here in the dog days of summer. Unfortunately, when the cold air quits blowing or your air conditioner won’t start up at all, you’re don’t have time to shop around for more than a couple days.

When your air conditioner dies in the heat of the summer, you might not have time to look around for multiple quotes or research average costs. Not having an idea how much it may cost when the air conditioning service technician shows up can be scary, so we’re here to show you several price ranges on some basic services so you won’t be alarmed when Parker Pearce Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning arrives to get you cooling 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 there needs to be a leak test, and what actually requires repair, a normal refrigerant leak detection and repair can end up costing anywhere from $150 to $500 depending on how accessible the leak is for the technician. If you’re feeling uneasy, always ask your AC repair expert to show you his or her process and explain their findings.

AC Circuit Board Replacement

There are times when the problem may be beyond the A/C system itself and the circuit board may require replacement. Depending on the make and model of your air conditioner, a new circuit board for your equipment could be priced anywhere from $450 to $1300.

Thermostat Replacement

If you’re looking to replace your home’s thermostat, a smart wifi thermostat will normally cost more than a basic thermostat. Depending on what kind of thermostat you go with, you’re probably going to pay anywhere between $200 and $550 to get it installed. Fortunately, the newest thermostats might pay back their investment in energy management savings, if they are programmed correctly.

Capacitor or Contactor Replacement

If your A/C system is still young or you choose to repair your older equipment instead of purchasing an energy-efficient air conditioning upgrade, a capacitor will most likely cost $250 to $350 and a contactor can cost a little lower, ranging from $150 - $350. These repairs are a couple of the most common for your air conditioning system.

Air Conditioning Fan Motor Replacement

Again, it’s always good to examine the pros and cons of repairing your current AC system versus investing in an upgraded, more energy-efficient piece of equipment. If replacing this part is the better option for you, a fan motor replacement could run you between $500 and $1200.

NOTE: Part repair under warranty

A common misunderstanding is that if a part replacement is required, that it is covered by the manufacturer’s equipment warranty; however, there are several additional costs that may not be covered by the warranty that will be your out-of-pocket costs. Even with common repairs, such as a capacitor replacement, the HVAC contractor still has to process this warranty through the manufacturer so they can receive the credit on the part. Furthermore, all manufacturers require the contractor to store the part for eight to sixteen weeks and may require the contractor return the bad part at the contractor’s cost. Larger repairs, a compressor for example, also require this process but these larger repairs have ancillary supplies and materials required (i.e. refrigerant, copper fittings, etc.) that are not covered by the Original Equipment Manufacturer warranty. If you don’t have a labor warranty you will always have to incur charges for the technician’s labor.

Remember that these costs are estimates and costs can increase or decrease depending on where you live, the specific issues with your system, the age of your air conditioner, and whether or not you’ve been having regular maintenance to maintain the health of your A/C and your manufacturer’s warranty. If your AC has seen its last summer and replacement is more likely, take a moment to look at our air conditioner pricing guide.

If you have any questions or ever need expert air conditioning repair, call Parker Pearce Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning 24/7/365.

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