How Much Does Air Conditioning Service Cost?
Not only does your AC system keep you comfortable, it’s also a health necessity during the dog days of summer. For that reason, when the chilly air suddenly isn’t blowing or your AC won’t come on at all, you’re not able to shop around for several days.
When your air conditioner dies in the heat of the summer, you may not have time to call around for different quotes or research how much you may have to pay. Not having an idea how much you can expect to pay when the air conditioning service tech arrives can be intimidating, so we’re here to provide some price ranges on some common services so you won’t be surprised when Stallion Heating and Air Conditioning arrives to get you cool and comfortable 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 the accessibility of the leak, whether or not it requires a leak test, and what precisely demands repair, an average 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, feel free to ask your AC repair professional to show you his or her process and go over 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 need to be replaced. Depending on your AC make and model, a new circuit board for your system could run anywhere from $450 to $1300.
If you’re thinking about replacing your home’s thermostat, a smart wifi thermostat will typically cost more than a standard thermostat. Depending on which style of thermostat you decide on, you’re most likely going to end up paying anywhere between $200 and $550 to install a new one. Thanksfully, the newer thermostats may pay back their purchase price in energy management savings, if they are programmed correctly.
Capacitor or Contactor Replacement
If your AC is still young or you decide to repair your older equipment instead of investing in an energy-efficient AC upgrade, a capacitor will typically cost $250 to $350 and a contractor can cost a little lower, ranging from $150 – $350. These repairs are a couple of the most typical for your air conditioner.
AC Fan Motor Replacement
Again, it’s always good to review the pros and cons of choosing to repair your current air conditioner versus investing in an upgraded, more energy-efficient piece of equipment. If replacing the fan motor is the better choice for you, a fan motor replacement might cost between $500 and $1200.
NOTE: Part repair under warranty
A common misunderstanding is that if there is a part that needs to be replaced, that it is covered through the manufacturer’s equipment warranty; however, there are several other costs that may not be covered by the warranty that will be your out-of-pocket costs. Even with common repairs, such as 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 instruct the contractor to keep the part for 60-120 days and may make the contractor return the bad part at the contractor’s cost. Greater repairs, like a compressor, also require this process but those types of repairs have additional supplies and materials required (i.e. refrigerant, copper fittings, etc.) that are not covered by the Original Equipment Manufacturer warranty. Unless you have a labor warranty you will continue have to pay out-of-pocket for the technician’s labor.
Some of our Membership Plans allow for parts and labor coverage that work in tandem with the manufacturer’s warranty to shield you from sudden repair costs.
Always understand that these prices are estimates and costs can increase or decrease depending on where you live, the actual issues with your system, how old your equipment is, and whether or not you’ve been having regular maintenance to maintain the AC’s health and your manufacturer’s warranty. If your AC has seen its last summer and replacement is looking more likely, take a moment to read our air conditioner pricing guide.
If you have any questions or ever need expert AC repair, call Stallion Heating and Air Conditioning 24/7/365.
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