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How Much Does Air Conditioning Service Cost?

August 05, 2016

Not only does air conditioning help you to stay comfortable, it’s also a health necessity 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 turn on at all, you’re not able to shop around for more than a couple days.

When your AC dies in the middle of the summer, you don’t always have time to call around for competing quotes or research what you can expect to pay. Not knowing how much it may cost when the air conditioning service technician arrives can be intimidating, so we’re here to provide some price ranges on some standard services so you won’t be surprised when Abbey Air Service Experts shows up 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 needs to be repaired, an average refrigerant leak detection and repair can end up costing anywhere from $150 to $500 depending on the technician’s accessibility of the leak. If you’re feeling uneasy, you can ask your AC repair technician to show you 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 typically cost more than a standard 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. Luckily, the newest thermostats might pay back their cost in energy management savings, provided they are programmed accordingly.

Capacitor or Contactor Replacement

If your air conditioner is still only a few years old or you choose to repair your older AC instead of buying an energy-efficient AC upgrade, a capacitor will most likely cost $250 to $350 and a contractor can cost a little lower, ranging from $150 - $350. These repairs are two of the most typical for your air conditioner.

Air Conditioning Fan Motor Replacement

Again, it’s always important to review the pros and cons of repairing your current AC system 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 may run you between $500 and $1200.

NOTE: Part repair under warranty

A common misunderstanding is that if a part replacement is required, that it is covered by the manufacturer’s equipment warranty; however, there are several other costs that may not be covered through the warranty that will be your out-of-pocket costs. Even with typical repairs, such as a capacitor replacement, the HVAC contractor still has to process the warranty through the manufacturer so they can get the credit on the part. Also, all manufacturers demand the contractor to keep the part for two to four months and may make 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.

Some of our Membership Plans carry parts and labor coverage that functions in tandem with the manufacturer’s warranty to shield you from surprise repair bills.

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 equipment, the age of your air conditioner, and whether or not you’ve been receiving regular maintenance to maintain the health of your A/C 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 24/7/365.

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