How Much Does Air Conditioning Service Cost?

August 05, 2016

Not only does your AC system keep you comfortable, it’s also vital to your health when we’re here in the extreme temperatures of summer. Unfortunately, when the chilly air stops blowing or your air conditioner won’t come on at all, you’re not in a position to call around for several days.

When your air conditioner goes out in the extreme temperatures of the summer, you don’t always have time to look around for different quotes or research how much you may have to pay. Not being sure how much repairs can cost when the AC service technician knocks on your door can be intimidating, so we’re here to provide some price ranges on some standard services so you won’t be alarmed when BW/Cook Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning arrives to get you up and running 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 how accessible the leak is, whether or not a leak test is needed, and what exactly demands repair, a typical refrigerant leak detection and repair can end up costing anywhere from $150 to $500 depending on how accessible the leak is for the technician. If you’re not confident, you can ask your air conditioning repair expert to guide you through his or her process and explain their findings.

AC Circuit Board Replacement

Sometimes the culprit may be beyond the A/C system itself and the circuit board may be in need of replacing. Depending on your AC make and model, a new circuit board for your system 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 typically cost more than a standard thermostat. Depending on which style of thermostat you decide on, you’re looking at anywhere between $200 and $550 to install a new one. Thanksfully, the newer thermostats might pay back their cost in energy management savings, depending on if they are programmed accordingly.

Capacitor or Contactor Replacement

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

AC Fan Motor Replacement

Again, it’s always good to consider the pros and cons of repairing your current air conditioner versus purchasing an upgraded, more energy-efficient air conditioner. If replacing this part is the better choice for you, a fan motor replacement could run you between $500 and $1200.

NOTE: Part repair under warranty

A common confusion is that if the issue calls for a part to be replaced, that it is covered under the manufacturer’s equipment warranty; however, there are several additional costs that may not be covered by the warranty that will be your responsibility. Even with common repairs, such as a capacitor replacement, the contractor still has to process your warranty through the manufacturer so they can obtain the credit on the part. Additionally, all manufacturers demand the contractor to hold the part for eight to sixteen weeks and may ask the contractor return the failed part at the contractor’s cost. Bigger repairs, like a compressor, also require this process but these bigger repairs have ancillary 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 always have to incur charges for the technician’s labor.

Keep in mind that these prices are estimates and they can often increase or decrease depending on where the home is, the particular issues with your system, the age of your system, 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 system has seen its last summer and replacement is more likely, take a moment to look at our air conditioner pricing guide.

If you have any questions or ever need expert air conditioner repair, call BW/Cook Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning 24/7/365.

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