How Much Does Air Conditioning Service Cost?

August 05, 2016

Not only does your air conditioner help you to stay comfortable, it’s also crucial for your health through the dog days of summer. For that reason, when the cool air suddenly isn’t blowing or your air conditioner won’t come on at all, you’re not in a position to call around for several days.

When your air conditioning breaks down in the heat of the summer, you don’t always have time to call around for competing quotes or research what you can expect to pay. Not knowing how much you can expect to pay when the air conditioning service expert arrives can be unnerving, so we’re here to provide some price ranges on some basic services so you won’t be surprised when Freschi Service Experts shows up to get you cool and comfortable 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 a leak test is needed, and what actually requires 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 unsure, feel free to ask your air conditioning repair technician to walk you through the 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 need to be replaced. Depending on the make and model of you’re A/C system, a new circuit board for your system could cost anywhere from $450 to $1300.

Thermostat Replacement

If you’re thinking about replacing your home’s thermostat, a smart wifi thermostat will likely cost more than a basic thermostat. Depending on which style of thermostat you decide on, you’re looking at anywhere between $200 and $550 to get it installed. Luckily, the latest thermostats could pay back their investment in energy management savings, provided they are programmed accordingly.

Capacitor or Contactor Replacement

If your A/C system is still only a couple years old or you decide to repair your older AC instead of investing in an energy-efficient air conditioning 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 two of the most common for your air conditioning system.

A/C Fan Motor Replacement

Again, it’s always responsible to examine the pros and cons of paying 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 choice for you, a fan motor replacement may cost between $500 and $1200.

NOTE: Part repair under warranty

A common misconception is that if there is a part that needs to be replaced, that it is covered by the manufacturer’s equipment warranty; however, there are several additional costs that may not be covered through the warranty that you will be required to pay for out-of-pocket. Even with common repairs, like a capacitor replacement, the company still has to process the warranty through the manufacturer so they can receive the credit on the part. Additionally, all manufacturers require the contractor to hold the part for 60-120 days and may require the contractor return the bad part at the contractor’s cost. Greater repairs, like a compressor, are encompassed in this process but these bigger repairs have ancillary supplies and materials required (i.e. refrigerant, copper fittings, etc.) that are not covered through the Original Equipment Manufacturer warranty. Unless you have a labor warranty you will always have to incur charges for the technician’s labor.

Some of our Membership Plans carry parts and labor coverage that functions in tandem with the manufacturer’s warranty to guard you from surprise repair bills.

Remember that these ranges are estimates and costs can increase or decrease depending on where you live, the specific issues with your AC, the age of your air conditioner, and whether or not you’ve been receiving yearly maintenance to maintain the health of your air conditioning system and your manufacturer’s warranty. If your unit has just plain given up 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 conditioning repair, call Freschi Service Experts 24/7/365.

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