How Much Does Air Conditioning Service Cost?

August 05, 2016

Not only does your AC system make you comfortable, it’s also a health necessity through the dog days of summer. For that reason, when the cool air quits blowing or your AC won’t start up at all, you’re not in a position to call 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 competing quotes or research average costs. 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 some price ranges on some standard services so you won’t be surprised when TML Service Experts 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 the accessibility of the leak, 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 how accessible the leak is for the technician. If you’re feeling uneasy, always ask your AC repair professional to walk you through their process and review their findings.

AC Circuit Board Replacement

Sometimes the culprit may be beyond the AC equipment itself and the circuit board may be in need of replacing. 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 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 air conditioner is still only a few years old 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 typical for your air conditioner.

A/C Fan Motor Replacement

Again, it’s always responsible to assess the pros and cons of paying to repair your current air conditioning equipment versus investing in an upgraded, more energy-efficient piece of equipment. If replacing the fan motor is the better option for you, a fan motor replacement could 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 will be your responsibility. Even with typical repairs, for example, a capacitor replacement, the company still has to process your warranty through the manufacturer so they can get the credit on the part. Additionally, all manufacturers instruct the contractor to store the part for two to four months and may ask the contractor return the failed part at the contractor’s cost. Greater repairs, such as 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 under the Original Equipment Manufacturer warranty. If you don’t have a labor warranty you will continue have to pay additionally for the technician’s labor.

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

Keep in mind that these prices are estimates and costs can increase or decrease depending on where the home is, the specific 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 AC 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 AC repair, call TML Service Experts 24/7/365.

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