How Much Does Air Conditioning Service Cost?

August 05, 2016

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

When your air conditioning dies in the middle of the summer, you may not have time to call around for multiple quotes or research average costs. Not knowing how much repairs can cost when the air conditioning service tech 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 caught off guard when Midland Air Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning comes 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 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 feeling uneasy, you can ask your air conditioning repair technician to guide you through their process and explain 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 you’re A/C system, a new circuit board for your equipment could run 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, if they are programmed properly.

Capacitor or Contactor Replacement

If your AC is still young 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 contactor can run a little lower, ranging from $150 - $350. These repairs are two of the most standard for your AC system.

AC Fan Motor Replacement

Again, it’s always responsible to examine the pros and cons of repairing your current air conditioning equipment versus investing in an upgraded, more energy-efficient piece of equipment. If replacing the fan motor is the better option for you, a fan motor replacement may be between $500 and $1200.

NOTE: Part repair under warranty

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 you will be required to pay for out-of-pocket. Even with standard repairs, for example, a capacitor replacement, the company still has to process the warranty through the manufacturer so they can get the credit on the part. Also, all manufacturers require the contractor to store the part for two to four months and may make the contractor return the bad part at the contractor’s cost. Bigger 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 always have to pay out-of-pocket for the technician’s labor.

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

If you have any questions or ever need expert AC repair, call Midland Air Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning 24/7/365.

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