How Much Does Air Conditioning Service Cost?

August 05, 2016

Not only does your AC system help you to stay comfortable, it’s also a health necessity when we’re here in the dog days 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 dies in the extreme temperatures 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 conditioning service tech shows up can be unnerving, so we’re here to provide some price ranges on some standard services so you won’t be caught off guard 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 exactly demands repair, a normal 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 air conditioner repair expert to guide you through his or her process and review their findings.

AC Circuit Board Replacement

Sometimes the problem may be beyond the A/C system itself and the circuit board may require replacement. Depending on your AC make and model, a new circuit board for your equipment could cost anywhere from $450 to $1300.

Thermostat Replacement

If you’re looking to replace your home’s thermostat, a smart wifi thermostat will likely cost more than a traditional thermostat. Depending on the type of thermostat you decide on, you’re probably going to pay 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 air conditioner is still only a couple years old or you decide to repair your older equipment instead of purchasing an energy-efficient AC upgrade, a capacitor will most likely 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 common for your air conditioner.

AC Fan Motor Replacement

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

NOTE: Part repair under warranty

A common misconception 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 contractor still has to process the warranty through the manufacturer so they can receive the credit on the part. Additionally, all manufacturers demand the contractor to keep the part for 60-120 days 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. Unless you have a labor warranty you will always have to pay additionally for the technician’s labor.

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 getting 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 more likely, take a moment to read our air conditioner pricing guide.

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

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