How Much Does Air Conditioning Service Cost?

Not only does your AC system help you to stay comfortable, it’s also vital to your health when we’re here in the heat of summer. For that reason, when the chilly air quits blowing or the system won’t start up at all, you’re not in a position to look around for more than a couple days. 

When your air conditioning goes out in the extreme temperatures of the summer, you may not have time to call 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 arrives can be scary, so we’re here with some price ranges on some basic services so you won’t be surprised when Stevenson Service Experts shows up to get you up and running again. 

  1. Refrigerant Leak Detection & Repair: $150 – $500 
  1. AC Circuit Board Replacement: $450 – $1300 
  1. Thermostat Replacement: $200 – $500 
  1. Capacitor Replacement: $250 – $350 
  1. Contactor Replacement: $150 – $350 
  1. AC Fan Motor Replacement: $500 – $1200 

Refrigerant Leak Detection and Repair 

Depending on how accessible the leak is, whether or not it requires a leak test, and what exactly demands repair, an average 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 feeling uneasy, always ask your air conditioning repair technician to guide you through his or her process and review their findings. 

AC Circuit Board Replacement 

There are times when the culprit may be beyond the air conditioner itself and the circuit board may need to be replaced. Depending on the make and model of you’re A/C system, a new circuit board for your equipment could be priced anywhere from $450 to $1300. 

Thermostat Replacement 

If you’re looking to replace your home’s thermostat, a smart wifi thermostat will likely cost more than a traditional thermostat. Depending on the type of thermostat you choose, you’re probably going to pay anywhere between $200 and $550 to get it installed. Fortunately, the latest thermostats could pay back their investment in energy management savings, depending on if they are programmed correctly. 

Capacitor or Contactor Replacement 

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

A/C Fan Motor Replacement 

Again, it’s always good to consider the pros and cons of repairing your current air conditioning equipment versus buying an upgraded, more energy-efficient air conditioner. If replacing this part is the better option for you, a fan motor replacement could cost 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 many other costs that may not be covered under the warranty that you will be required to pay for out-of-pocket. Even with typical repairs, for example, a capacitor replacement, the contractor still has to process this warranty through the manufacturer so they can receive the credit on the part. Additionally, all manufacturers demand the contractor to store the part for two to four months 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 those types of 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 continuously have to incur charges for the technician’s labor. 

Some of our Membership Plans include parts and labor coverage that works with the manufacturer’s warranty to guard you from sudden repair costs. 

Keep in mind that these costs are estimates and costs can increase or decrease depending on the climate of your city, the actual issues with your AC, the age of your system, and whether or not you’ve been having regular maintenance to maintain the health of your air conditioning system and your manufacturer’s warranty. If your system has just plain given up and replacement is 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 Stevenson Service Experts 24/7/365. 

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