How Much Does Air Conditioning Service Cost?

August 05, 2016

Not only does air conditioning keep you comfortable, it’s also a health necessity through the dog days of summer. For that reason, when the cold air suddenly isn’t blowing or the system won’t turn on at all, you’re don’t have time to shop around for more than a couple days.

When your air conditioning dies in the middle of the summer, you don’t always have time to look around for multiple quotes or research what you can expect to pay. Not being sure how much repairs can cost when the AC service technician knocks on your door can be scary, so we’re here to show you some price ranges on some common services so you won’t be shocked when Midland Air Service Experts comes to get you cooling 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 the accessibility of the leak, whether or not there needs to be a leak test, and what precisely needs to be repaired, a regular refrigerant leak detection and repair can actually cost anywhere from $150 to $500 depending on the technician’s accessibility of the leak. If you’re unsure, you can ask your air conditioning repair technician to guide you through their process and go over their findings.

AC Circuit Board Replacement

Sometimes the culprit may be beyond the A/C system itself and the circuit board may need to be replaced. Depending on the make and model of you’re A/C system, a new circuit board for your equipment could cost anywhere from $450 to $1300.

Thermostat Replacement

If you’re thinking about replacing your home’s thermostat, a smart wifi thermostat will normally cost more than a basic thermostat. Depending on the type of thermostat you go with, you’re most likely going to end up paying anywhere between $200 and $550 to have a new on installed. Thanksfully, the newest thermostats could pay back their investment in energy management savings, provided they are programmed accordingly.

Capacitor or Contactor Replacement

If your AC is still only a few years old or you want to repair your older AC instead of buying an energy-efficient AC upgrade, a capacitor will probably cost $250 to $350 and a contractor can run a little lower, ranging from $150 - $350. These repairs are two of the most standard for your AC system.

A/C Fan Motor Replacement

Again, it’s always important to examine the pros and cons of paying to repair your current AC system versus purchasing an upgraded, more energy-efficient piece of equipment. If replacing the fan motor is the better choice for you, a fan motor replacement could be between $500 and $1200.

NOTE: Part repair under warranty

A common misconception 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 standard repairs, for example, 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 demand the contractor to store the part for 60-120 days and may make the contractor return the malfunctioned part at the contractor’s cost. Larger repairs, like a compressor, also require 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 work alongside the manufacturer’s warranty to protect you from unexpected repair costs.

Keep in mind that these prices are estimates and many times they can increase or decrease depending on the climate of your city, the particular issues with your equipment, the age of your system, and whether or not you’ve been getting regular maintenance to maintain the health of your A/C and your manufacturer’s warranty. If your unit has just plain given up and replacement seems more likely, take a moment to review our air conditioner pricing guide.

If you would like more information or ever need expert air conditioning repair, call Midland Air Service Experts 24/7/365.

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