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How Much Does Air Conditioning Service Cost?

August 05, 2016

Not only does your AC system help you to stay comfortable, it’s also vital to your health when we’re here in the extreme temperatures of summer. For that reason, when the cool air suddenly isn’t blowing or your air conditioner won’t start up at all, you’re not able to call around for more than a couple days.

When your AC dies in the middle of the summer, you may not have time to call around for different quotes or research average costs. Not knowing how much you can expect to pay when the air conditioning service technician shows up can be intimidating, so we’re here with some price ranges on some standard services so you won’t be surprised when Abbey Air Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning 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 a leak test is needed, and what precisely requires repair, an average refrigerant leak detection and repair can cost you anywhere from $150 to $500 depending on the technician’s accessibility of the leak. If you’re unsure, you can ask your AC repair expert to walk you through their 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 need to be replaced. Depending on the make and model of you’re A/C system, a new circuit board for your equipment could run anywhere from $450 to $1300.

Thermostat Replacement

If you’re thinking about replacing your home’s thermostat, a smart wifi thermostat will usually cost more than a traditional thermostat. Depending on what kind of thermostat you choose, you’re looking at anywhere between $200 and $550 to install a new one. Fortunately, the newest thermostats may pay back their investment in energy management savings, if they are programmed properly.

Capacitor or Contactor Replacement

If your air conditioner is still young or you decide to repair your older AC instead of buying an energy-efficient AC upgrade, a capacitor will probably cost $250 to $350 and a contractor can run a little lower, ranging from $150 - $350. These repairs are two of the most common for your AC system.

Air Conditioning Fan Motor Replacement

Again, it’s always important to assess the pros and cons of repairing your current air conditioning equipment versus investing in an upgraded, more energy-efficient piece of equipment. If replacing the 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 misconception is that if there is a part that needs to be replaced, that it is covered under the manufacturer’s equipment warranty; however, there are several additional costs that may not be covered through the warranty that will be your out-of-pocket costs. Even with common repairs, like a capacitor replacement, the HVAC contractor still has to process the warranty through the manufacturer so they can receive the credit on the part. Also, all manufacturers demand the contractor to hold the part for 60-120 days and may require the contractor return the failed part at the contractor’s cost. Greater repairs, such as a compressor, also require this process but those types of repairs have more supplies and materials required (i.e. refrigerant, copper fittings, etc.) that are not covered by the Original Equipment Manufacturer warranty. Without a labor warranty you will continuously have to pay additionally for the technician’s labor.

Keep in mind that these ranges are estimates and costs can increase or decrease depending on where the home is, the actual issues with your system, the age of your air conditioner, and whether or not you’ve been receiving regular maintenance to maintain the AC’s health and your manufacturer’s warranty. If your AC 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 Abbey Air Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning 24/7/365.

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