Not only does your AC system keep you comfortable, it’s also vital to your health during the extreme temperatures 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 shop around for a few days.
When your air conditioner goes out in the middle of the summer, you may not have time to call around for multiple quotes or research average costs. Not knowing how much repairs can cost when the air conditioner service expert knocks on your door can be intimidating, so we’re here to provide some price ranges on some standard services so you won’t be shocked when Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning shows up to get you cooling 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 where the leak is, whether or not there needs to be a leak test, and what precisely 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, you can ask your air conditioning repair professional to walk you through his or her process and go over their findings.
AC Circuit Board Replacement
Sometimes the problem may be beyond the air conditioner itself and the circuit board may be in need of replacing. Depending on the make and model of you’re A/C system, a new circuit board for your system could run anywhere from $450 to $1300.
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 most likely going to end up paying anywhere between $200 and $550 to get it installed. Luckily, the latest thermostats may pay back their purchase price in energy management savings, if 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 purchasing an energy-efficient A/C system upgrade, a capacitor will typically cost $250 to $350 and a contractor 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 examine the pros and cons of paying to repair your current AC system versus buying an upgraded, more energy-efficient AC system. 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 under the manufacturer’s equipment warranty; however, there are several additional costs that may not be covered through the warranty that you will be required to pay for out-of-pocket. Even with common repairs, for example, a capacitor replacement, the company still has to process the warranty through the manufacturer so they can receive the credit on the part. Additionally, all manufacturers instruct the contractor to hold the part for 60-120 days and may require the contractor return the bad part at the contractor’s cost. Larger repairs, such as a compressor, are encompassed in this process but these bigger repairs have more supplies and materials required (i.e. refrigerant, copper fittings, etc.) that are not covered by the Original Equipment Manufacturer warranty. Unless you have a labor warranty you will continuously have to pay additionally for the technician’s labor.
Some of our Membership Plans carry parts and labor coverage that works in tandem with the manufacturer’s warranty to shield you from unexpected repair costs.
Keep in mind that these prices are estimates and many times they can increase or decrease depending on where the home is, the specific issues with your AC, how old your equipment is, and whether or not you’ve been receiving 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 look at our air conditioner pricing guide.
If you would like more information or ever need expert air conditioner repair, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning 24/7/365.