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 during the heat of summer. For that reason, when the cool air stops blowing or your air conditioner won’t turn on at all, you’re not in a position to shop around for more than a couple days.

When your air conditioner goes out in the extreme temperatures of the summer, you might not have time to call around for multiple quotes or research what you can expect to pay. Not having an idea how much it may cost when the AC service tech arrives can be intimidating, so we’re here to show you several price ranges on some standard services so you won’t be alarmed when Parker Pearce Service Experts arrives 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 there needs to be a leak test, and what exactly requires repair, a regular refrigerant leak detection and repair can cost you anywhere from $150 to $500 depending on the accessibility of the leak for the technician. If you’re feeling uneasy, feel free to ask your AC repair technician 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 your AC make and model, 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 cost in energy management savings, provided 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 investing in an energy-efficient air conditioning upgrade, a capacitor will probably cost $250 to $350 and a contractor can run a little lower, ranging from $150 - $350. These repairs are some of the most typical 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 purchasing an upgraded, more energy-efficient AC system. If replacing this part is the better choice for you, a fan motor replacement may run you between $500 and $1200.

NOTE: Part repair under warranty

A common misconception is that if there is a part that needs to be replaced, that it is covered by the manufacturer’s equipment warranty; however, there are several other costs that may not be covered under the warranty that will be your out-of-pocket costs. Even with typical repairs, such as a capacitor replacement, the HVAC contractor still has to process this warranty through the manufacturer so they can get the credit on the part. Additionally, all manufacturers require the contractor to store the part for eight to sixteen weeks and may make the contractor return the bad part at the contractor’s cost. Larger repairs, a compressor for example, are included in this process but those types of repairs have additional supplies and materials required (i.e. refrigerant, copper fittings, etc.) that are not covered under 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.

Some of our Membership Plans introduce parts and labor coverage that works in tandem with the manufacturer’s warranty to protect you from unexpected repair expenses.

Remember that these costs are estimates and costs can increase or decrease depending on where the home is, the particular issues with your equipment, 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 system 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 24/7/365.

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