Not only does air conditioning help you to stay comfortable, it’s also crucial for your health when we’re here in the heat of summer. Unfortunately, when the cool air quits blowing or your AC won’t turn on at all, you’re not in a position to call around for more than a couple days.
When your air conditioner goes out in the middle of the summer, you might not have time to call around for multiple quotes or research what you can expect to pay. Not knowing how much it may cost when the air conditioning service tech arrives can be unnerving, so we’re here to show you several price ranges on some basic services so you won’t be caught off guard when Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing arrives to get you cool and comfortable again.
Depending on the accessibility of the leak, whether or not there needs to be a leak test, and what exactly needs to be repaired, 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 unsure, feel free to ask your AC repair technician to show you the process and go over their findings.
There are times when the culprit may be beyond the AC equipment itself and the circuit board may require replacement. Depending on your AC make and model, a new circuit board for your equipment could cost anywhere from $450 to $1300.
If you’re looking to replace your home’s thermostat, a smart wifi thermostat will usually cost more than a standard thermostat. Depending on the type of thermostat you decide on, you’re probably going to pay anywhere between $200 and $550 to install a new one. Fortunately, the latest thermostats might pay back their purchase price in energy management savings, depending on if they are programmed accordingly.
If your air conditioner is still only a couple years old or you decide to repair your older equipment instead of buying an energy-efficient air conditioning upgrade, a capacitor will typically cost $250 to $350 and a contractor can be priced a little lower, ranging from $150 – $350. These repairs are two of the most standard for your air conditioner.
Again, it’s always responsible to weigh the pros and cons of paying to repair your current AC system versus investing in an upgraded, more energy-efficient air conditioner. If replacing your AC’s fan motor is the better decision for you, a fan motor replacement could be between $500 and $1200.
A common misunderstanding is that if the issue calls for a part to be replaced, that it is covered by the manufacturer’s equipment warranty; however, there are many other costs that may not be covered through the warranty that will be your responsibility. Even with common repairs, such as a capacitor replacement, the company 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 hold the part for 60-120 days and may make the contractor return the failed part at the contractor’s cost. Larger repairs, such as a compressor, are encompassed in this process but these larger repairs have more 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 continue have to pay out-of-pocket for the technician’s labor.
Some of our Membership Plans introduce parts and labor coverage that functions in tandem with the manufacturer’s warranty to protect you from surprise repair costs.
Always understand that these costs are estimates and many times they can increase or decrease depending on the climate of your city, the specific issues with your equipment, the age of your system, and whether or not you’ve been receiving annual 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 look at our air conditioner pricing guide.
If you have any questions or ever need expert air conditioning repair, call Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing 24/7/365.
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