How Much Does Air Conditioning Service Cost?

August 05, 2016

Not only does your air conditioner make you comfortable, it’s also a health necessity when we’re here in the extreme temperatures of summer. For that reason, when the chilly air stops blowing or the system won’t start up at all, you’re not in a position to shop around for several days.

When your air conditioner goes out in the middle of the summer, you might not have time to shop around for different quotes or research average costs. Not being sure how much you can expect to pay when the air conditioning service tech knocks on your door can be scary, so we’re here to provide several price ranges on some standard services so you won’t be alarmed when Bob Brown Service Experts 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 how accessible the leak is, whether or not a leak test is required, and what actually needs to be repaired, a normal refrigerant leak detection and repair can end up costing anywhere from $150 to $500 depending on the accessibility of the leak for the technician. If you’re unsure, you can ask your air conditioning repair technician to show you the process and go over their findings.

AC Circuit Board Replacement

At times the problem 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 equipment could be priced anywhere from $450 to $1300.

Thermostat Replacement

If you’re looking to replace your home’s thermostat, a smart wifi thermostat will usually cost more than a basic thermostat. Depending on the type of thermostat you go with, you’re probably going to pay anywhere between $200 and $550 to have a new on installed. Thanksfully, the latest thermostats might pay back their purchase price in energy management savings, depending on if they are programmed accordingly.

Capacitor or Contactor Replacement

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

AC Fan Motor Replacement

Again, it’s always good to assess the pros and cons of repairing your current air conditioner versus investing in an upgraded, more energy-efficient AC system. If replacing your AC’s fan motor is the better choice for you, a fan motor replacement might run you between $500 and $1200.

NOTE: Part repair under warranty

A common misconception is that if a part replacement is required, that it is covered through 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 typical repairs, for example, a capacitor replacement, the company still has to process this warranty through the manufacturer so they can get the credit on the part. Also, all manufacturers demand the contractor to store the part for two to four months and may ask the contractor return the malfunctioned part at the contractor’s cost. Larger repairs, a compressor for example, are encompassed in this process but these bigger repairs have more supplies and materials required (i.e. refrigerant, copper fittings, etc.) that are not covered through 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 include parts and labor coverage that functions with the manufacturer’s warranty to guard you from unexpected repair costs.

Always understand that these prices are estimates and they can often increase or decrease depending on the climate of your city, the particular issues with your AC, the age of your air conditioner, and whether or not you’ve been having annual maintenance to maintain the health of your A/C and your manufacturer’s warranty. If your AC has just plain given up and replacement seems more likely, take a moment to read our air conditioner pricing guide.

If you want to find out more or ever need expert air conditioning repair, call Bob Brown Service Experts 24/7/365.

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