How Much Does Air Conditioning Service Cost?
Not only does air conditioning make you comfortable, it’s also a health necessity when we’re here in the heat of summer. As a result, when the cold 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 AC 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 with some price ranges on some common services so you won’t be alarmed when Peachtree Service Experts comes to get you cooling again.
- Refrigerant Leak Detection & Repair: $150 - $500
- AC Circuit Board Replacement: $450 - $1300
- Thermostat Replacement: $200 - $500
- Capacitor Replacement: $250 - $350
- Contactor Replacement: $150 - $350
- 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 actually needs to be repaired, a typical refrigerant leak detection and repair can cost you anywhere from $150 to $500 depending on how accessible the leak is for the technician. If you’re feeling uneasy, you can ask your air conditioning repair technician to show you his or her process and explain their findings.
AC Circuit Board Replacement
At times 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 run anywhere from $450 to $1300.
If you’re thinking about replacing your home’s thermostat, a smart wifi thermostat will usually cost more than a traditional 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 investment in energy management savings, provided they are programmed correctly.
Capacitor or Contactor Replacement
If your A/C system is still young or you choose to repair your older equipment instead of investing in 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 a couple of the most standard for your air conditioner.
Air Conditioning Fan Motor Replacement
Again, it’s always important to assess the pros and cons of choosing to repair your current air conditioning equipment versus investing in an upgraded, more energy-efficient air conditioner. If replacing the fan motor 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 under the manufacturer’s equipment warranty; however, there are several additional costs that may not be covered under 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 your warranty through the manufacturer so they can get the credit on the part. Furthermore, all manufacturers instruct the contractor to keep the part for 60-120 days and may require the contractor return the bad part at the contractor’s cost. Greater repairs, such as 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 under the Original Equipment Manufacturer warranty. Without a labor warranty you will continuously have to incur charges for the technician’s labor.
Some of our Membership Plans allow for parts and labor coverage that work with the manufacturer’s warranty to shield you from unexpected repair bills.
Always understand that these costs 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 air conditioner, and whether or not you’ve been having yearly maintenance to maintain the health of your A/C and your manufacturer’s warranty. If your unit has seen its last summer and replacement is looking more likely, take a moment to read our air conditioner pricing guide.
If you would like more information or ever need expert air conditioner repair, call Peachtree Service Experts 24/7/365.