How Much Does Air Conditioning Service Cost?

August 05, 2016

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

When your air conditioning breaks down in the middle of the summer, you may not have time to shop around for multiple quotes or research average costs. Not being sure how much repairs can cost when the air conditioner service technician knocks on your door can be unnerving, so we’re here to show you some price ranges on some standard services so you won’t be shocked when Rolf Griffin Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning comes 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 demands repair, a regular refrigerant leak detection and repair can actually cost anywhere from $150 to $500 depending on how accessible the leak is for the technician. If you’re unsure, you can ask your air conditioning repair technician to walk you through their process and explain 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 your AC make and model, a new circuit board for your equipment could run 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 basic thermostat. Depending on which style of thermostat you choose, you’re looking at anywhere between $200 and $550 to install a new one. Thanksfully, the latest thermostats could pay back their purchase price in energy management savings, if they are programmed accordingly.

Capacitor or Contactor Replacement

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

A/C Fan Motor Replacement

Again, it’s always responsible to weigh the pros and cons of choosing to repair your current air conditioning equipment versus purchasing an upgraded, more energy-efficient AC system. If replacing your AC’s fan motor is the better decision for you, a fan motor replacement might be between $500 and $1200.

NOTE: Part repair under warranty

A common confusion 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 will be your out-of-pocket costs. Even with typical repairs, like a capacitor replacement, the contractor still has to process this warranty through the manufacturer so they can get the credit on the part. Furthermore, all manufacturers demand the contractor to hold the part for 60-120 days and may ask the contractor return the failed part at the contractor’s cost. Bigger repairs, like a compressor, are included in this process but those types of repairs have additional supplies and materials required (i.e. refrigerant, copper fittings, etc.) that are not covered by the Original Equipment Manufacturer warranty. Unless you have a labor warranty you will continuously have to pay additionally for the technician’s labor.

Always understand that these ranges are estimates and costs can increase or decrease depending on the climate of your city, the actual issues with your equipment, how old your equipment is, 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 is pretty much dead 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 Rolf Griffin Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning 24/7/365.

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