How Much Does Air Conditioning Service Cost?

August 05, 2016

Not only does your AC system make you comfortable, it’s also crucial for your health through the dog days of summer. Unfortunately, when the cool air quits blowing or your air conditioner won’t start up at all, you’re not in a position to look around for several days.

When your AC breaks down in the extreme temperatures of the summer, you don’t always have time to look around for competing quotes or research how much you may have to pay. Not knowing how much repairs can cost when the air conditioner service technician shows up can be intimidating, so we’re here to show you some price ranges on some standard services so you won’t be shocked when Bryant Heating & Cooling Service Experts comes to get you cooling 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 it requires a leak test, and what exactly requires repair, a typical refrigerant leak detection and repair can actually cost anywhere from $150 to $500 depending on the accessibility of the leak for the technician. If you’re not confident, always ask your air conditioning repair technician to guide you through their process and review their findings.

AC Circuit Board Replacement

Sometimes the issue 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 system 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 basic thermostat. Depending on the type of thermostat you choose, you’re probably going to pay anywhere between $200 and $550 to have a new on installed. Luckily, the newest thermostats could pay back their investment in energy management savings, provided they are programmed correctly.

Capacitor or Contactor Replacement

If your AC is still only a couple years old or you decide to repair your older system instead of purchasing an energy-efficient air conditioning upgrade, a capacitor will probably 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 AC system.

A/C Fan Motor Replacement

Again, it’s always responsible to review the pros and cons of paying to repair your current air conditioner versus purchasing an upgraded, more energy-efficient piece of equipment. If replacing your AC’s fan motor is the better decision for you, a fan motor replacement might cost between $500 and $1200.

NOTE: Part repair under warranty

A common misunderstanding is that if a part replacement is required, that it is covered by 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 standard repairs, such as a capacitor replacement, the HVAC contractor still has to process this warranty through the manufacturer so they can receive the credit on the part. Additionally, all manufacturers demand the contractor to keep the part for two to four months and may make the contractor return the failed part at the contractor’s cost. Greater repairs, like a compressor, are included in this process but these larger repairs have more supplies and materials required (i.e. refrigerant, copper fittings, etc.) that are not covered through the Original Equipment Manufacturer warranty. If you don’t have a labor warranty you will continuously have to pay out-of-pocket for the technician’s labor.

Keep in mind that these costs are estimates and costs can increase or decrease depending on where you live, the particular issues with your system, the age of your system, and whether or not you’ve been having yearly maintenance to maintain the health of your air conditioning system and your manufacturer’s warranty. If your system has seen its last summer and replacement seems more likely, take a moment to read our air conditioner pricing guide.

If you want to find out more or ever need expert air conditioner repair, call Bryant Heating & Cooling Service Experts 24/7/365.

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