How Much Does Air Conditioning Service Cost?

August 05, 2016

Not only does air conditioning help you to stay comfortable, it’s also vital to your health during the extreme temperatures of summer. As a result, when the cold air stops blowing or your AC won’t come on at all, you’re not in a position to look around for several days.

When your air conditioning goes out in the heat of the summer, you might not have time to shop around for multiple quotes or research average costs. Not having an idea how much you can expect to pay when the AC service expert shows up can be unnerving, so we’re here to show you several price ranges on some common services so you won’t be surprised when Becht/Givens Service Experts arrives to get you cooling 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 there needs to be a leak test, and what actually requires repair, a regular refrigerant leak detection and repair can cost you anywhere from $150 to $500 depending on the accessibility of the leak for the technician. If you’re unsure, always ask your air conditioner repair professional to show you the process and go over their findings.

AC Circuit Board Replacement

At times the culprit may be beyond the A/C system itself and the circuit board may need to be replaced. Depending on the make and model of your air conditioner, a new circuit board for your AC could run anywhere from $450 to $1300.

Thermostat Replacement

If you’re thinking about replacing your home’s thermostat, a smart wifi thermostat will normally cost more than a traditional thermostat. Depending on which style of thermostat you go with, you’re most likely going to end up paying anywhere between $200 and $550 to get it installed. Thanksfully, the newest thermostats might pay back their cost in energy management savings, provided they are programmed properly.

Capacitor or Contactor Replacement

If your AC is still only a couple years old or you choose to repair your older AC instead of buying an energy-efficient air conditioning 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 conditioning system.

A/C Fan Motor Replacement

Again, it’s always important to assess the pros and cons of paying to repair your current AC system versus buying an upgraded, more energy-efficient AC system. If replacing the fan motor is the better option for you, a fan motor replacement may cost between $500 and $1200.

NOTE: Part repair under warranty

A common misconception is that if the issue calls for a part to be replaced, that it is covered under 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 standard repairs, such as a capacitor replacement, the HVAC contractor still has to process the warranty through the manufacturer so they can get the credit on the part. Additionally, all manufacturers demand the contractor to keep the part for 60-120 days and may make the contractor return the malfunctioned part at the contractor’s cost. Greater repairs, like a compressor, are encompassed in this process but those types of repairs have more 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 include parts and labor coverage that works in tandem with the manufacturer’s warranty to keep you from sudden repair bills.

Always understand that these ranges are estimates and they can often increase or decrease depending on where the home is, the actual issues with your equipment, the age of your system, and whether or not you’ve been receiving regular 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 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 Becht/Givens Service Experts 24/7/365.

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