How Much Does Air Conditioning Service Cost?

August 05, 2016

Not only does your AC system keep you comfortable, it’s also crucial for your health when we’re here in the dog days of summer. For that reason, when the cold air quits blowing or the system won’t come on at all, you’re don’t have time to call around for more than a couple days.

When your air conditioning breaks down in the middle of the summer, you might not have time to shop around for competing quotes or research how much you may have to pay. Not having an idea how much repairs can cost when the air conditioning service technician shows up can be scary, so we’re here with several price ranges on some common services so you won’t be shocked when Midway Services arrives 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 where the leak is, whether or not it requires a leak test, and what precisely demands repair, a normal refrigerant leak detection and repair can end up costing anywhere from $150 to $500 depending on how accessible the leak is for the technician. If you’re not confident, always ask your AC repair professional to show you the process and review their findings.

AC Circuit Board Replacement

Sometimes the problem may be beyond the A/C system itself and the circuit board may require replacement. Depending on the make and model of your air conditioner, a new circuit board for your system could cost anywhere from $450 to $1300.

Thermostat Replacement

If you’re interested in replacing your home’s thermostat, a smart wifi thermostat will usually cost more than a basic thermostat. Depending on what kind of thermostat you decide on, you’re looking at anywhere between $200 and $550 to get it installed. Thanksfully, the newest thermostats might 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 few years old or you want to repair your older AC instead of purchasing an energy-efficient AC upgrade, a capacitor will most likely cost $250 to $350 and a contractor can be priced a little lower, ranging from $150 - $350. These repairs are some of the most common for your air conditioning system.

A/C Fan Motor Replacement

Again, it’s always good to consider the pros and cons of paying to repair your current air conditioning equipment versus investing in an upgraded, more energy-efficient AC system. If replacing your AC’s fan motor is the better decision for you, a fan motor replacement could run you between $500 and $1200.

NOTE: Part repair under warranty

A common misunderstanding is that if there is a part that needs to be replaced, that it is covered through the manufacturer’s equipment warranty; however, there are several additional costs that may not be covered by the warranty that will be your responsibility. Even with typical repairs, such as a capacitor replacement, the company still has to process your warranty through the manufacturer so they can obtain the credit on the part. Additionally, all manufacturers demand the contractor to store the part for 60-120 days and may make the contractor return the bad part at the contractor’s cost. Larger repairs, a compressor for example, are encompassed in this process but these larger repairs have additional supplies and materials required (i.e. refrigerant, copper fittings, etc.) that are not covered under the Original Equipment Manufacturer warranty. Without a labor warranty you will continue have to incur charges for the technician’s labor.

Some of our Membership Plans have parts and labor coverage that work alongside the manufacturer’s warranty to protect you from sudden repair expenses.

Always understand that these ranges are estimates and costs can increase or decrease depending on where you live, the specific issues with your equipment, the age of your air conditioner, and whether or not you’ve been having yearly maintenance to maintain the health of your A/C and your manufacturer’s warranty. If your system is pretty much dead and replacement seems more likely, take a moment to look at our air conditioner pricing guide.

If you want to find out more or ever need expert AC repair, call Midway Services 24/7/365.

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