How Much Does Air Conditioning Service Cost?

August 05, 2016

Not only does your AC system help you to stay comfortable, it’s also vital to your health during the heat of summer. As a result, when the cold air stops blowing or the system won’t turn on at all, you’re not in a position to call around for more than a couple days.

When your AC goes out 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 AC service technician knocks on your door can be scary, so we’re here to provide some 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.

  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 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 the accessibility of the leak for the technician. If you’re not confident, you can ask your air conditioner repair technician to guide you through their process and explain 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.

Thermostat Replacement

If you’re thinking about replacing your home’s thermostat, a smart wifi thermostat will usually cost more than a traditional thermostat. Depending on the type of thermostat you decide on, you’re probably going to pay anywhere between $200 and $550 to install a new one. Fortunately, the latest thermostats could pay back their cost in energy management savings, if they are programmed properly.

Capacitor or Contactor Replacement

If your AC is still only a few years old or you choose to repair your older system instead of purchasing an energy-efficient AC upgrade, a capacitor will probably cost $250 to $350 and a contractor can run 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 assess the pros and cons of paying to repair your current AC system versus investing in an upgraded, more energy-efficient air conditioner. If replacing this part is the better choice for you, a fan motor replacement may run you 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 many additional costs that may not be covered by the warranty that will be your responsibility. Even with common repairs, such as a capacitor replacement, the company still has to process your warranty through the manufacturer so they can obtain the credit on the part. Additionally, all manufacturers require the contractor to store the part for eight to sixteen weeks and may make the contractor return the malfunctioned part at the contractor’s cost. Bigger 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. Without a labor warranty you will always have to incur charges for the technician’s labor.

Some of our Membership Plans have parts and labor coverage that work alongside the manufacturer’s warranty to shield you from surprise repair bills.

Keep in mind that these prices are estimates and they can often increase or decrease depending on where you live, the specific issues with your system, the age of your system, and whether or not you’ve been having yearly maintenance to maintain the AC’s health and your manufacturer’s warranty. If your AC is pretty much dead and replacement seems more likely, take a moment to review our air conditioner pricing guide.

If you have any questions or ever need expert AC repair, call Finch Air Conditioning & Heating 24/7/365.

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