How Much Does Air Conditioning Service Cost?

August 05, 2016

Not only does air conditioning make you comfortable, it’s also vital to your health when we’re here in the heat of summer. Unfortunately, when the chilly air suddenly isn’t blowing or the system won’t start up at all, you’re don’t have time to call around for several days.

When your AC breaks down in the heat of the summer, you may not have time to shop around for different quotes or research what you can expect to pay. Not knowing how much you can expect to pay when the AC service tech shows up can be unnerving, so we’re here to show you a few price ranges on some basic services so you won’t be caught off guard when Norrell 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 how accessible the leak is, whether or not a leak test is needed, and what precisely needs to be repaired, an average 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 not confident, you can ask your air conditioning repair technician to show you the process and go over their findings.

AC Circuit Board Replacement

There are times when the culprit 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 be priced anywhere from $450 to $1300.

Thermostat Replacement

If you’re interested in replacing your home’s thermostat, a smart wifi thermostat will usually cost more than a basic thermostat. Depending on the type of thermostat you decide on, you’re looking at anywhere between $200 and $550 to install a new one. Fortunately, the newer thermostats could pay back their investment in energy management savings, if they are programmed correctly.

Capacitor or Contactor Replacement

If your AC is still only a few years old or you decide to repair your older system instead of investing in an energy-efficient A/C system upgrade, a capacitor will probably cost $250 to $350 and a contractor can run a little lower, ranging from $150 - $350. These repairs are two of the most common for your air conditioner.

A/C Fan Motor Replacement

Again, it’s always responsible to consider the pros and cons of paying to repair your current air conditioner versus buying 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 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 by the manufacturer’s equipment warranty; however, there are several 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 obtain the credit on the part. Furthermore, all manufacturers require the contractor to hold the part for eight to sixteen weeks and may require the contractor return the malfunctioned part at the contractor’s cost. Greater repairs, like a compressor, are encompassed in this process but those types of repairs have more supplies and materials required (i.e. refrigerant, copper fittings, etc.) that are not covered through the Original Equipment Manufacturer warranty. Unless you have a labor warranty you will always have to pay additionally for the technician’s labor.

Some of our Membership Plans carry parts and labor coverage that functions with the manufacturer’s warranty to guard you from surprise repair expenses.

Always understand that these prices are estimates and many times they 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 getting annual maintenance to maintain the health of your A/C and your manufacturer’s warranty. If your unit is pretty much dead and replacement is looking more likely, take a moment to review our air conditioner pricing guide.

If you would like more information or ever need expert AC repair, call Norrell Service Experts 24/7/365.

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