How Much Does Air Conditioning Service Cost?

August 05, 2016

Not only does your air conditioner help you to stay comfortable, it’s also vital to your health when we’re here in the dog days of summer. As a result, when the chilly air suddenly isn’t blowing or your AC won’t turn on at all, you’re don’t have time to shop around for more than a couple days.

When your air conditioner goes out in the extreme temperatures of the summer, you may not have time to look around for competing quotes or research what you can expect to pay. Not knowing how much you can expect to pay when the AC service expert shows up can be intimidating, so we’re here to provide several price ranges on some standard services so you won’t be surprised when Mountainwest Service Experts arrives 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 where the leak is, whether or not a leak test is required, and what precisely needs to be repaired, a regular refrigerant leak detection and repair can actually cost anywhere from $150 to $500 depending on the technician’s accessibility of the leak. If you’re not confident, always ask your air conditioning repair expert to show you his or her process and explain their findings.

AC Circuit Board Replacement

At times the culprit may be beyond the A/C system itself and the circuit board may be in need of replacing. Depending on the make and model of your air conditioner, a new circuit board for your AC could cost anywhere from $450 to $1300.

Thermostat Replacement

If you’re thinking about replacing your home’s thermostat, a smart wifi thermostat will likely cost more than a traditional thermostat. Depending on which style of thermostat you go with, you’re probably going to pay anywhere between $200 and $550 to install a new one. Luckily, the newer thermostats may pay back their purchase price in energy management savings, if they are programmed properly.

Capacitor or Contactor Replacement

If your A/C system is still young or you want to repair your older equipment instead of purchasing an energy-efficient AC upgrade, a capacitor will probably cost $250 to $350 and a contactor can run a little lower, ranging from $150 - $350. These repairs are two of the most typical for your air conditioner.

Air Conditioning Fan Motor Replacement

Again, it’s always good to consider the pros and cons of repairing your current air conditioning equipment versus investing in an upgraded, more energy-efficient piece of equipment. If replacing your AC’s fan motor is the better option for you, a fan motor replacement may run you between $500 and $1200.

NOTE: Part repair under warranty

A common misunderstanding 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 additional costs that may not be covered under the warranty that will be your responsibility. Even with common repairs, for example, a capacitor replacement, the company still has to process this warranty through the manufacturer so they can obtain the credit on the part. Also, all manufacturers instruct the contractor to store the part for two to four months and may ask the contractor return the malfunctioned part at the contractor’s cost. Larger repairs, like a compressor, are encompassed in this process but those types of repairs have additional 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 continue have to pay out-of-pocket for the technician’s labor.

Always understand that these ranges are estimates and costs can increase or decrease depending on where you live, the specific issues with your system, the age of your air conditioner, and whether or not you’ve been getting yearly maintenance to maintain the AC’s health and your manufacturer’s warranty. If your system is pretty much dead and replacement is looking more likely, take a moment to read our air conditioner pricing guide.

If you have any questions or ever need expert air conditioner repair, call Mountainwest Service Experts 24/7/365.

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