How Much Does Air Conditioning Service Cost?

August 05, 2016

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

When your AC dies 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 it may cost when the air conditioning service expert arrives 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 shows up 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 the accessibility of the leak, whether or not there needs to be a leak test, and what exactly requires repair, a normal 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, feel free to ask your air conditioner repair professional to show you the process and explain their findings.

AC Circuit Board Replacement

At times the culprit may be beyond the A/C system itself and the circuit board may be in need of replacing. Depending on your AC make and model, 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 standard thermostat. Depending on the type of thermostat you choose, you’re most likely going to end up paying anywhere between $200 and $550 to get it installed. Thanksfully, the newest thermostats may pay back their investment in energy management savings, provided they are programmed accordingly.

Capacitor or Contactor Replacement

If your air conditioner is still only a couple years old or you decide to repair your older AC instead of buying an energy-efficient AC upgrade, a capacitor will typically cost $250 to $350 and a contactor can run a little lower, ranging from $150 - $350. These repairs are some of the most typical for your air conditioning system.

AC Fan Motor Replacement

Again, it’s always responsible 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 this part is the better option for you, a fan motor replacement may cost between $500 and $1200.

NOTE: Part repair under warranty

A common misunderstanding 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 this warranty through the manufacturer so they can receive the credit on the part. Furthermore, all manufacturers require the contractor to hold the part for two to four months and may make the contractor return the malfunctioned part at the contractor’s cost. Greater repairs, such as a compressor, are encompassed in this process but these larger repairs have more supplies and materials required (i.e. refrigerant, copper fittings, etc.) that are not covered through the Original Equipment Manufacturer warranty. Without a labor warranty you will always have to incur charges for the technician’s labor.

Always understand that these ranges are estimates and they can often increase or decrease depending on where you live, the actual issues with your system, how old your equipment is, and whether or not you’ve been getting 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 AC repair, call Becht/Givens Service Experts 24/7/365.

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