How Much Does Air Conditioning Service Cost?

August 05, 2016

Not only does air conditioning make you comfortable, it’s also crucial for your health when we’re here in the extreme temperatures of summer. For that reason, when the chilly air suddenly isn’t blowing or your air conditioner won’t turn on at all, you’re not able to look around for a few days.

When your air conditioning breaks down in the heat of the summer, you don’t always have time to shop around for competing quotes or research average costs. Not having an idea how much repairs can cost when the air conditioning service technician shows up 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 Neal Harris Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing 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 where the leak is, whether or not there needs to be a leak test, and what actually demands repair, a typical refrigerant leak detection and repair can end up costing anywhere from $150 to $500 depending on the technician’s accessibility of the leak. If you’re not confident, always ask your AC repair expert to show you their process and go over their findings.

AC Circuit Board Replacement

There are times when the culprit may be beyond the A/C system 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 be priced anywhere from $450 to $1300.

Thermostat Replacement

If you’re looking to replace your home’s thermostat, a smart wifi thermostat will likely cost more than a standard thermostat. Depending on what kind of thermostat you decide on, you’re looking at anywhere between $200 and $550 to install a new one. Thanksfully, the newest thermostats may pay back their purchase price in energy management savings, provided they are programmed properly.

Capacitor or Contactor Replacement

If your air conditioner is still only a few years old or you choose to repair your older equipment instead of investing in an energy-efficient A/C system upgrade, a capacitor will probably cost $250 to $350 and a contactor can run a little lower, ranging from $150 - $350. These repairs are some of the most typical for your air conditioner.

AC Fan Motor Replacement

Again, it’s always good to weigh the pros and cons of repairing your current air conditioner versus buying an upgraded, more energy-efficient piece of equipment. If replacing the fan motor is the better option for you, a fan motor replacement may cost between $500 and $1200.

NOTE: Part repair under warranty

A common misconception is that if a part replacement is required, that it is covered through the manufacturer’s equipment warranty; however, there are several other costs that may not be covered by the warranty that you will be required to pay for out-of-pocket. Even with common repairs, such as a capacitor replacement, the contractor still has to process the warranty through the manufacturer so they can receive the credit on the part. Also, all manufacturers require the contractor to store the part for eight to sixteen weeks and may make the contractor return the failed part at the contractor’s cost. Bigger repairs, such as a compressor, 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. Without a labor warranty you will continuously 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 you live, the specific issues with your equipment, 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 is pretty much dead and replacement is more likely, take a moment to read our air conditioner pricing guide.

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

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