How Much Does Air Conditioning Service Cost?

August 05, 2016

Not only does your air conditioner make you comfortable, it’s also crucial for your health through the heat of summer. Unfortunately, when the cold air suddenly isn’t blowing or your air conditioner won’t come on at all, you’re don’t have time to call around for several days.

When your AC breaks down in the extreme temperatures of the summer, you may not have time to look 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 shows up can be unnerving, so we’re here to provide a few price ranges on some basic services so you won’t be surprised when Freschi Service Experts arrives 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 needs to be repaired, 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 air conditioning repair expert to show you the process and go over their findings.

AC Circuit Board Replacement

At times the culprit may be beyond the air conditioner itself and the circuit board may be in need of replacing. Depending on the make and model of you’re A/C system, 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 likely cost more than a basic thermostat. Depending on the type of thermostat you decide on, you’re probably going to pay anywhere between $200 and $550 to get it installed. Fortunately, the newer thermostats could pay back their cost in energy management savings, if 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 contactor can cost a little lower, ranging from $150 - $350. These repairs are two of the most typical for your air conditioning system.

A/C Fan Motor Replacement

Again, it’s always important to examine the pros and cons of repairing 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 misunderstanding is that if a part replacement is required, that it is covered by the manufacturer’s equipment warranty; however, there are several other costs that may not be covered through the warranty that will be your responsibility. Even with common repairs, like a capacitor replacement, the company still has to process this warranty through the manufacturer so they can get the credit on the part. Furthermore, all manufacturers demand 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 through the Original Equipment Manufacturer warranty. Unless you have a labor warranty you will always have to pay out-of-pocket for the technician’s labor.

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 getting annual maintenance to maintain the health of your air conditioning system and your manufacturer’s warranty. If your unit is pretty much dead and replacement is looking 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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