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 during the heat of summer. For that reason, when the cool air stops blowing or your AC won’t come on at all, you’re not in a position to call around for more than a couple days.

When your AC breaks down in the middle of the summer, you might not have time to shop around for different quotes or research how much you may have to pay. Not having an idea how much repairs can cost when the AC 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 shows up 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 a leak test is needed, and what precisely demands 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 not confident, feel free to ask your air conditioning repair professional to show you the process and review their findings.

AC Circuit Board Replacement

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

Thermostat Replacement

If you’re interested in replacing your home’s thermostat, a smart wifi thermostat will typically 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 may 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 air conditioning 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 typical for your air conditioning system.

AC Fan Motor Replacement

Again, it’s always good to consider the pros and cons of repairing your current AC system versus purchasing an upgraded, more energy-efficient piece of equipment. If replacing your AC’s fan motor is the better decision for you, a fan motor replacement could be between $500 and $1200.

NOTE: Part repair under warranty

A common misconception 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 under the warranty that will be your responsibility. Even with common 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 malfunctioned part at the contractor’s cost. Bigger repairs, a compressor for example, are encompassed in 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. Unless you have a labor warranty you will always have to pay out-of-pocket for the technician’s labor.

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

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

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