How Much Does Air Conditioning Service Cost?

August 05, 2016

Not only does your air conditioner help you to stay comfortable, it’s also vital to your health when we’re here in the dog days of summer. For that reason, when the chilly air stops blowing or your AC won’t come on at all, you’re not in a position to shop around for a few days.

When your AC dies in the heat of the summer, you may not have time to call around for multiple quotes or research what you can expect to pay. Not having an idea how much it may cost when the AC service technician knocks on your door can be unnerving, so we’re here with several price ranges on some standard services so you won’t be surprised when R & M Climate Control Service Experts arrives to get you cool and comfortable 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 precisely requires repair, a regular refrigerant leak detection and repair can cost you anywhere from $150 to $500 depending on how accessible the leak is for the technician. If you’re unsure, feel free to ask your air conditioner repair technician to guide you through his or her process and review their findings.

AC Circuit Board Replacement

Sometimes the issue may be beyond the AC equipment itself and the circuit board may require replacement. Depending on the make and model of your air conditioner, a new circuit board for your equipment could be priced 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 traditional thermostat. Depending on the type of thermostat you decide on, you’re looking at anywhere between $200 and $550 to have a new on installed. Fortunately, the newest thermostats might pay back their purchase price in energy management savings, if they are programmed accordingly.

Capacitor or Contactor Replacement

If your air conditioner is still only a few years old or you want to repair your older system instead of investing in an energy-efficient air conditioning upgrade, a capacitor will probably cost $250 to $350 and a contractor can be priced a little lower, ranging from $150 - $350. These repairs are two of the most standard for your air conditioning system.

AC Fan Motor Replacement

Again, it’s always good to review the pros and cons of choosing to repair your current air conditioner versus investing in an upgraded, more energy-efficient AC system. If replacing this part is the better choice for you, a fan motor replacement could cost between $500 and $1200.

NOTE: Part repair under warranty

A common confusion is that if a part replacement is required, that it is covered under 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 common repairs, like a capacitor replacement, the contractor still has to process your warranty through the manufacturer so they can receive the credit on the part. Also, all manufacturers require the contractor to store the part for 60-120 days and may ask the contractor return the failed part at the contractor’s cost. Bigger repairs, a compressor for example, also require this process but those types of repairs have ancillary supplies and materials required (i.e. refrigerant, copper fittings, etc.) that are not covered through the Original Equipment Manufacturer warranty. If you don’t have a labor warranty you will continuously have to incur charges for the technician’s labor.

Some of our Membership Plans carry parts and labor coverage that work with the manufacturer’s warranty to guard you from unexpected repair costs.

Remember that these prices are estimates and they can often increase or decrease depending on where the home is, the particular issues with your AC, 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 has seen its last summer and replacement is more likely, take a moment to review our air conditioner pricing guide.

If you have any questions or ever need expert air conditioning repair, call R & M Climate Control Service Experts 24/7/365.

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