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. For that reason, when the cold 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 air conditioning breaks down in the extreme temperatures of the summer, you may not 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 arrives can be scary, so we’re here to show you some price ranges on some standard services so you won’t be caught off guard when Bryant Heating & Cooling Service Experts comes 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 the accessibility of the leak, whether or not a leak test is needed, and what exactly needs to be repaired, 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 expert to guide you through his or her 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 your AC make and model, 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 looking at anywhere between $200 and $550 to install a new one. Fortunately, 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 choose to repair your older system instead of investing in an energy-efficient air conditioning 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 air conditioner.

A/C Fan Motor Replacement

Again, it’s always important to assess the pros and cons of paying to repair your current air conditioner versus purchasing an upgraded, more energy-efficient AC system. 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 get the credit on the part. Additionally, all manufacturers require the contractor to keep the part for two to four months and may require the contractor return the failed part at the contractor’s cost. Greater repairs, such as a compressor, also require 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. If you don’t have a labor warranty you will continuously have to pay out-of-pocket for the technician’s labor.

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

Keep in mind that these costs are estimates and costs can increase or decrease depending on where the home is, the specific issues with your equipment, 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 is looking 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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