How Much Does Air Conditioning Service Cost?

Not only does your AC system make you comfortable, it’s also vital to your health when we’re here in the dog days of summer. As a result, when the cold air suddenly isn’t blowing or the system won’t come on at all, you’re don’t have time to look around for more than a couple days.

When your air conditioning dies in the heat of the summer, you don’t always have time to shop 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 technician 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 Stevenson Service Experts arrives to get you cooling again.

    1. Refrigerant Leak Detection & Repair: $150 – $500
    1. AC Circuit Board Replacement: $450 – $1300
    1. Thermostat Replacement: $200 – $500
    1. Capacitor Replacement: $250 – $350
    1. Contactor Replacement: $150 – $350
    1. AC Fan Motor Replacement: $500 – $1200

Refrigerant Leak Detection and Repair

Depending on the accessibility of the leak, whether or not a leak test is required, and what exactly requires repair, a normal refrigerant leak detection and repair can cost you anywhere from $150 to $500 depending on the technician’s accessibility of the leak. If you’re feeling uneasy, you can ask your air conditioning repair technician to walk you through 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 equipment could cost anywhere from $450 to $1300.

Thermostat Replacement

If you’re interested in replacing your home’s thermostat, a smart wifi thermostat will usually cost more than a standard thermostat. Depending on which style of thermostat you choose, you’re looking at anywhere between $200 and $550 to install a new one. Thanksfully, the newer thermostats could pay back their cost in energy management savings, depending on if they are programmed accordingly.

Capacitor or Contactor Replacement

If your air conditioner is still only a couple years old or you decide to repair your older AC instead of buying 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 a couple of the most typical for your air conditioning system.

Air Conditioning Fan Motor Replacement

Again, it’s always important to review the pros and cons of paying to repair your current AC system versus buying an upgraded, more energy-efficient air conditioner. If replacing this part is the better decision for you, a fan motor replacement could be 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 through the manufacturer’s equipment warranty; however, there are several other costs that may not be covered under the warranty that you will be required to pay for out-of-pocket. Even with common repairs, such as a capacitor replacement, the HVAC contractor still has to process the warranty through the manufacturer so they can obtain the credit on the part. Furthermore, all manufacturers require the contractor to keep the part for two to four months and may make the contractor return the failed part at the contractor’s cost. Larger repairs, a compressor for example, also require this process but these larger 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 continuously have to pay out-of-pocket for the technician’s labor.

Some of our Membership Plans carry parts and labor coverage that functions in tandem with the manufacturer’s warranty to shield you from surprise repair expenses.

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

If you want to find out more or ever need expert air conditioning repair, call Stevenson Service Experts 24/7/365.

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