Not only does air conditioning help you to stay comfortable, it’s also vital to your health through the dog days of summer. Unfortunately, when the cool air stops blowing or your AC won’t start up at all, you’re don’t have time to shop around for more than a couple days.
When your air conditioner dies in the middle of the summer, you might not have time to shop around for different quotes or research what you can expect to pay. Not having an idea how much you can expect to pay when the air conditioner service expert knocks on your door can be unnerving, so we’re here to show you a few price ranges on some standard services so you won’t be surprised when TML Service Experts shows up to get you up and running again.
- Refrigerant Leak Detection & Repair: $150 - $500
- AC Circuit Board Replacement: $450 - $1300
- Thermostat Replacement: $200 - $500
- Capacitor Replacement: $250 - $350
- Contactor Replacement: $150 - $350
- AC Fan Motor Replacement: $500 - $1200
Refrigerant Leak Detection and Repair
Depending on where the leak is, whether or not a leak test is required, and what precisely demands repair, a regular refrigerant leak detection and repair can end up costing anywhere from $150 to $500 depending on the accessibility of the leak for the technician. If you’re feeling uneasy, always ask your air conditioning repair professional to walk you through their process and review their findings.
AC Circuit Board Replacement
Sometimes the culprit may be beyond the air conditioner itself and the circuit board may need to be replaced. Depending on the make and model of your air conditioner, a new circuit board for your equipment could run anywhere from $450 to $1300.
If you’re thinking about replacing your home’s thermostat, a smart wifi thermostat will normally cost more than a basic thermostat. Depending on which style of thermostat you go with, you’re most likely going to end up paying anywhere between $200 and $550 to get it installed. Thanksfully, the newer thermostats could pay back their investment in energy management savings, depending on if they are programmed properly.
Capacitor or Contactor Replacement
If your AC is still young or you want to repair your older equipment instead of purchasing an energy-efficient A/C system upgrade, a capacitor will typically cost $250 to $350 and a contractor can cost a little lower, ranging from $150 - $350. These repairs are a couple of the most common for your air conditioner.
A/C Fan Motor Replacement
Again, it’s always responsible to review the pros and cons of repairing your current AC system versus purchasing an upgraded, more energy-efficient AC system. If replacing the fan motor is the better option for you, a fan motor replacement may cost 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 other costs that may not be covered through the warranty that you will be required to pay for out-of-pocket. Even with typical repairs, for example, a capacitor replacement, the company still has to process your warranty through the manufacturer so they can receive the credit on the part. Additionally, all manufacturers instruct 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, like a compressor, are included in this process but these bigger repairs have additional supplies and materials required (i.e. refrigerant, copper fittings, etc.) that are not covered by the Original Equipment Manufacturer warranty. If you don’t have a labor warranty you will always have to pay additionally for the technician’s labor.
Always understand that these costs are estimates and costs can increase or decrease depending on where you live, the particular issues with your system, the age of your air conditioner, and whether or not you’ve been receiving yearly maintenance to maintain the health of your air conditioning system and your manufacturer’s warranty. If your system is pretty much dead 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 AC repair, call TML Service Experts 24/7/365.