Not only does air conditioning make you comfortable, it’s also a health necessity during the heat of summer. As a result, when the cold air stops blowing or your AC won’t start up at all, you’re not in a position to call around for more than a couple days.
When your air conditioning dies in the middle of the summer, you may not have time to look around for multiple quotes or research how much you may have to pay. Not having an idea how much repairs can cost when the air conditioning service tech knocks on your door can be scary, so we’re here with a few price ranges on some basic services so you won’t be alarmed when Finch Air Conditioning & Heating comes to get you up and running again.
- Refrigerant Leak Detection & Repair: $150 - $500
- AC Circuit Board Replacement: $450 - $1300
- Thermostat Replacement: $200 - $500
- Capacitor Replacement: $250 - $350
- Contactor Replacement: $150 - $350
- 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 precisely demands repair, a normal refrigerant leak detection and repair can actually cost 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 conditioner repair expert to guide you through his or her 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 you’re A/C system, a new circuit board for your system could cost anywhere from $450 to $1300.
If you’re thinking about replacing your home’s thermostat, a smart wifi thermostat will typically cost more than a traditional thermostat. Depending on the type of thermostat you decide on, you’re looking at anywhere between $200 and $550 to have a new on installed. Fortunately, the newer thermostats could pay back their investment in energy management savings, if they are programmed properly.
Capacitor or Contactor Replacement
If your AC is still young or you choose to repair your older system instead of purchasing an energy-efficient AC upgrade, a capacitor will most likely cost $250 to $350 and a contractor can cost a little lower, ranging from $150 - $350. These repairs are a couple of the most typical for your air conditioning system.
A/C Fan Motor Replacement
Again, it’s always important to review the pros and cons of repairing your current AC system versus investing in an upgraded, more energy-efficient air conditioner. If replacing the 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 confusion is that if a part replacement is required, that it is covered by the manufacturer’s equipment warranty; however, there are many additional costs that may not be covered by the warranty that you will be required to pay for out-of-pocket. Even with common repairs, such as a capacitor replacement, the contractor 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 store the part for eight to sixteen weeks and may require the contractor return the malfunctioned part at the contractor’s cost. Larger repairs, like a compressor, are encompassed in this process but these bigger repairs have additional 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 out-of-pocket for the technician’s labor.
Keep in mind that these prices are estimates and they can often 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 A/C and your manufacturer’s warranty. If your system has just plain given up and replacement seems 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 Finch Air Conditioning & Heating 24/7/365.