How Much Does Air Conditioning Service Cost?

August 05, 2016

Not only does your AC system help you to stay comfortable, it’s also vital to your health when we’re here in the dog days of summer. As a result, when the cool air suddenly isn’t blowing or the system won’t turn on at all, you’re not able to look around for more than a couple days.

When your air conditioning goes out in the extreme temperatures of the summer, you might not have time to shop around for multiple quotes or research what you can expect to pay. Not having an idea how much repairs can cost when the AC service tech knocks on your door can be intimidating, so we’re here to provide some price ranges on some common services so you won’t be alarmed when Peachtree Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning 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 how accessible the leak is, whether or not there needs to be a leak test, and what exactly needs to be repaired, a typical 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, you can ask your air conditioning repair expert to walk you through their process and explain their findings.

AC Circuit Board Replacement

At times the culprit may be beyond the air conditioner itself and the circuit board may require replacement. Depending on your AC make and model, a new circuit board for your system could run anywhere from $450 to $1300.

Thermostat Replacement

If you’re thinking about replacing your home’s thermostat, a smart wifi thermostat will typically cost more than a standard thermostat. Depending on what kind of thermostat you go with, you’re most likely going to end up paying anywhere between $200 and $550 to get it installed. Luckily, the newer thermostats could pay back their cost in energy management savings, provided they are programmed correctly.

Capacitor or Contactor Replacement

If your A/C system is still only a few years old or you choose to repair your older system instead of purchasing an energy-efficient AC upgrade, a capacitor will typically cost $250 to $350 and a contactor can be priced a little lower, ranging from $150 - $350. These repairs are some of the most standard for your AC system.

Air Conditioning Fan Motor Replacement

Again, it’s always responsible to review the pros and cons of choosing to repair your current AC system versus investing in an upgraded, more energy-efficient air conditioner. If replacing this part is the better decision for you, a fan motor replacement may 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 several additional costs that may not be covered by the warranty that will be your responsibility. Even with typical repairs, such as a capacitor replacement, the company still has to process your warranty through the manufacturer so they can get the credit on the part. Furthermore, all manufacturers instruct the contractor to hold the part for 60-120 days and may require the contractor return the malfunctioned part at the contractor’s cost. Greater repairs, like a compressor, are encompassed in this process but these bigger repairs have additional supplies and materials required (i.e. refrigerant, copper fittings, etc.) that are not covered by 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 prices are estimates and they can often increase or decrease depending on the climate of your city, the specific issues with your system, the age of your air conditioner, and whether or not you’ve been having yearly maintenance to maintain the AC’s health and your manufacturer’s warranty. If your unit has seen its last summer and replacement seems more likely, take a moment to look at our air conditioner pricing guide.

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

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