How Much Does Air Conditioning Service Cost?
Not only does your AC system make you comfortable, it’s also crucial for your health when we’re here in the dog days of summer. Unfortunately, when the cold air quits blowing or the system 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 goes out in the heat of the summer, you don’t always have time to shop around for competing quotes or research average costs. Not knowing how much you can expect to pay when the AC service technician shows up can be scary, so we’re here to provide a few price ranges on some standard services so you won’t be shocked when Robinson Service Experts arrives to get you up and running again.
- Refrigerant Leak Detection & Repair: $150 - $500
- AC Circuit Board Replacement: $450 - $1300
- Thermostat Replacement: $200 - $500
- Capacitor Replacement: $250 - $350
- Contactor Replacement: $150 - $350
- AC Fan Motor Replacement: $500 - $1200
Refrigerant Leak Detection and Repair
Depending on where the leak is, whether or not a leak test is needed, and what actually needs to be repaired, a regular 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 air conditioner repair expert to walk you through the process and explain their findings.
AC Circuit Board Replacement
Sometimes the issue may be beyond the air conditioner itself and the circuit board may require replacement. Depending on the make and model of you’re A/C system, a new circuit board for your system could cost anywhere from $450 to $1300.
If you’re looking to replace your home’s thermostat, a smart wifi thermostat will typically cost more than a traditional thermostat. Depending on the type of thermostat you choose, you’re probably going to pay anywhere between $200 and $550 to get it installed. Luckily, the latest thermostats may pay back their purchase price in energy management savings, depending on if they are programmed correctly.
Capacitor or Contactor Replacement
If your A/C system is still young or you choose to repair your older AC 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 a couple of the most common for your air conditioning system.
A/C Fan Motor Replacement
Again, it’s always good to assess the pros and cons of repairing your current air conditioning equipment versus buying an upgraded, more energy-efficient AC system. If replacing this part is the better decision for you, a fan motor replacement might be between $500 and $1200.
NOTE: Part repair under warranty
A common misconception is that if a part replacement is required, that it is covered by the manufacturer’s equipment warranty; however, there are many additional costs that may not be covered through the warranty that will be your out-of-pocket costs. Even with typical repairs, such as a capacitor replacement, the company still has to process this warranty through the manufacturer so they can get the credit on the part. Additionally, all manufacturers demand the contractor to store the part for 60-120 days and may ask the contractor return the failed part at the contractor’s cost. Bigger repairs, like a compressor, also require this process but these bigger repairs have more 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 pay out-of-pocket for the technician’s labor.
Some of our Membership Plans include parts and labor coverage that work alongside the manufacturer’s warranty to shield you from unexpected repair expenses.
Keep in mind that these costs are estimates and they can often increase or decrease depending on the climate of your city, the actual issues with your equipment, the age of your air conditioner, and whether or not you’ve been getting yearly maintenance to maintain the AC’s health and your manufacturer’s warranty. If your AC is pretty much dead and replacement is looking more likely, take a moment to read our air conditioner pricing guide.
If you have any questions or ever need expert air conditioner repair, call Robinson Service Experts 24/7/365.