How Much Does Air Conditioning Service Cost?

August 05, 2016

Not only does your air conditioner keep you comfortable, it’s also crucial for your health through the dog days of summer. As a result, when the chilly air quits blowing or your air conditioner won’t turn on at all, you’re don’t have time to call around for several days.

When your AC dies in the heat of the summer, you don’t always have time to shop around for multiple quotes or research how much you may have to pay. Not knowing how much you can expect to pay when the AC service tech knocks on your door can be intimidating, so we’re here with a few price ranges on some basic services so you won’t be shocked when D.A. Bennett 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 the accessibility of the leak, whether or not it requires a leak test, and what actually needs to be repaired, a typical refrigerant leak detection and repair can actually cost 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 conditioner repair expert to walk you through his or her process and review their findings.

AC Circuit Board Replacement

At times the culprit may be beyond the A/C system itself and the circuit board may require replacement. Depending on the make and model of you’re A/C system, a new circuit board for your system could be priced 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 traditional thermostat. Depending on what kind of thermostat you choose, you’re probably going to pay anywhere between $200 and $550 to install a new one. Thanksfully, the latest thermostats may pay back their purchase price in energy management savings, if they are programmed correctly.

Capacitor or Contactor Replacement

If your A/C system is still young or you want to repair your older system instead of purchasing an energy-efficient A/C system upgrade, a capacitor will probably cost $250 to $350 and a contractor can cost a little lower, ranging from $150 - $350. These repairs are some of the most standard for your AC system.

Air Conditioning 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 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 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 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, for example, a capacitor replacement, the company still has to process this warranty through the manufacturer so they can receive the credit on the part. Also, all manufacturers require the contractor to store the part for two to four months and may make the contractor return the failed part at the contractor’s cost. Bigger repairs, such as a compressor, are included in this process but these larger repairs have more 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 pay additionally for the technician’s labor.

Some of our Membership Plans carry parts and labor coverage that works alongside the manufacturer’s warranty to protect you from unexpected repair bills.

Remember that these costs are estimates and costs can 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 yearly maintenance to maintain the AC’s health and your manufacturer’s warranty. If your AC has just plain given up and replacement is looking more likely, take a moment to review our air conditioner pricing guide.

If you want to find out more or ever need expert air conditioner repair, call D.A. Bennett Service Experts 24/7/365.

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