Not only does air conditioning keep you comfortable, it’s also crucial for your health during the dog days of summer. As a result, when the cold air quits blowing or your air conditioner won’t come on at all, you’re not in a position to shop around for several days.
When your air conditioning breaks down in the heat of the summer, you may not have time to call around for competing quotes or research what you can expect to pay. Not having an idea how much you can expect to pay when the air conditioning service expert knocks on your door can be scary, so we’re here to provide some price ranges on some standard services so you won’t be caught off guard when Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing shows up to get you cool and comfortable again.
Depending on where the leak is, whether or not a leak test is required, and what precisely demands repair, a normal 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 not confident, you can ask your air conditioner repair professional to walk you through his or her process and review their findings.
Sometimes the culprit may be beyond the A/C system itself and the circuit board may require replacement. Depending on the make and model of you’re A/C system, a new circuit board for your equipment could cost anywhere from $450 to $1300.
If you’re looking to replace your home’s thermostat, a smart wifi thermostat will typically cost more than a standard thermostat. Depending on the type of thermostat you choose, you’re most likely going to end up paying anywhere between $200 and $550 to install a new one. Thanksfully, the newer thermostats could pay back their purchase price in energy management savings, if they are programmed correctly.
If your A/C system is still young or you choose to repair your older equipment instead of purchasing an energy-efficient air conditioning upgrade, a capacitor will probably cost $250 to $350 and a contractor can run a little lower, ranging from $150 – $350. These repairs are some of the most common for your air conditioning system.
Again, it’s always responsible to assess the pros and cons of repairing your current AC system versus investing in an upgraded, more energy-efficient air conditioner. If replacing the fan motor is the better option for you, a fan motor replacement might cost between $500 and $1200.
A common misconception is that if the issue calls for a part to be replaced, that it is covered by 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 standard repairs, such as a capacitor replacement, the HVAC contractor still has to process this warranty through the manufacturer so they can obtain the credit on the part. Additionally, all manufacturers demand the contractor to store the part for 60-120 days and may ask the contractor return the failed part at the contractor’s cost. Greater repairs, a compressor for example, are encompassed in 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 pay additionally for the technician’s labor.
Some of our Membership Plans allow for parts and labor coverage that works in tandem with the manufacturer’s warranty to keep you from surprise repair costs.
Always understand that these ranges are estimates and costs can increase or decrease depending on where you live, the particular issues with your equipment, how old your equipment is, and whether or not you’ve been receiving regular maintenance to maintain the AC’s health and your manufacturer’s warranty. If your system has just plain given up and replacement seems more likely, take a moment to look at our air conditioner pricing guide.
If you want to find out more or ever need expert air conditioning repair, call Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing 24/7/365.
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