How Much Does Air Conditioning Service Cost?

August 05, 2016

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

When your AC dies in the heat of the summer, you may not have time to call around for different quotes or research average costs. Not being sure how much you can expect to pay when the AC service tech knocks on your door can be unnerving, so we’re here to show you several price ranges on some standard services so you won’t be alarmed when McKinley Heating 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 exactly requires repair, a typical 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 not confident, always ask your air conditioning repair professional to guide you through their process and review their findings.

AC Circuit Board Replacement

There are times when the issue may be beyond the A/C system itself and the circuit board may be in need of replacing. Depending on the make and model of your air conditioner, a new circuit board for your system could run anywhere from $450 to $1300.

Thermostat Replacement

If you’re interested in replacing your home’s thermostat, a smart wifi thermostat will normally 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 newest thermostats may pay back their purchase price in energy management savings, if they are programmed accordingly.

Capacitor or Contactor Replacement

If your A/C system is still only a few years old or you decide to repair your older system instead of investing in an energy-efficient air conditioning upgrade, a capacitor will probably cost $250 to $350 and a contactor can cost a little lower, ranging from $150 - $350. These repairs are two of the most common for your AC system.

A/C Fan Motor Replacement

Again, it’s always responsible to review the pros and cons of repairing your current air conditioner versus investing in an upgraded, more energy-efficient air conditioner. If replacing this part is the better choice for you, a fan motor replacement could cost 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 several other costs that may not be covered by the warranty that will be your out-of-pocket costs. Even with standard repairs, such as a capacitor replacement, the contractor still has to process the warranty through the manufacturer so they can obtain the credit on the part. Also, all manufacturers instruct the contractor to keep the part for eight to sixteen weeks and may ask the contractor return the failed part at the contractor’s cost. Greater repairs, a compressor for example, also require this process but these larger repairs have ancillary supplies and materials required (i.e. refrigerant, copper fittings, etc.) that are not covered by the Original Equipment Manufacturer warranty. Without a labor warranty you will always have to pay out-of-pocket for the technician’s labor.

Remember that these prices are estimates and many times they can increase or decrease depending on where you live, the specific issues with your equipment, how old your equipment is, and whether or not you’ve been having yearly maintenance to maintain the AC’s health and your manufacturer’s warranty. If your AC has just plain given up and replacement seems more likely, take a moment to review our air conditioner pricing guide.

If you want to find out more or ever need expert AC repair, call McKinley Heating Service Experts 24/7/365.

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