How Much Does Air Conditioning Service Cost?

August 05, 2016

Not only does air conditioning help you to stay comfortable, it’s also a health necessity during the heat of summer. Unfortunately, when the cold air suddenly isn’t blowing or the system won’t come on at all, you’re don’t have time to look around for more than a couple days.

When your AC goes out in the extreme temperatures of the summer, you might not have time to shop 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 AC service technician shows up can be unnerving, so we’re here to provide a few price ranges on some standard services so you won’t be shocked when Komfort Air shows up to get you cool and comfortable 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 there needs to be a leak test, and what actually demands repair, a normal refrigerant leak detection and repair can cost you anywhere from $150 to $500 depending on how accessible the leak is for the technician. If you’re unsure, always ask your air conditioner repair expert to guide you through their process and review their findings.

AC Circuit Board Replacement

There are times when the problem may be beyond the A/C system itself and the circuit board may require replacement. Depending on the make and model of your air conditioner, a new circuit board for your equipment could cost anywhere from $450 to $1300.

Thermostat Replacement

If you’re interested in replacing your home’s thermostat, a smart wifi thermostat will likely cost more than a standard thermostat. Depending on the type of thermostat you decide on, you’re looking at anywhere between $200 and $550 to get it installed. Thanksfully, the newer thermostats might pay back their investment in energy management savings, depending on if they are programmed properly.

Capacitor or Contactor Replacement

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

A/C Fan Motor Replacement

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

NOTE: Part repair under warranty

A common misunderstanding is that if the issue calls for a part 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 standard repairs, for example, a capacitor replacement, the company still has to process this warranty through the manufacturer so they can get the credit on the part. Additionally, all manufacturers require the contractor to hold the part for two to four months and may make the contractor return the failed part at the contractor’s cost. Greater repairs, a compressor for example, are encompassed in this process but these bigger repairs have more supplies and materials required (i.e. refrigerant, copper fittings, etc.) that are not covered under the Original Equipment Manufacturer warranty. Without a labor warranty you will always have to pay additionally for the technician’s labor.

Some of our Membership Plans have parts and labor coverage that works with the manufacturer’s warranty to protect you from surprise repair expenses.

Always understand that these ranges are estimates and many times they can increase or decrease depending on the climate of your city, the specific 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 has just plain given up and replacement is more likely, take a moment to read our air conditioner pricing guide.

If you want to find out more or ever need expert air conditioning repair, call Komfort Air 24/7/365.

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