How Much Does Air Conditioning Service Cost? Published on August 05, 2016 Not only does your air conditioner make you comfortable, it’s also crucial for your health when we’re here in the heat of summer. Unfortunately, when the cold air stops blowing or your AC won’t turn on at all, you’re not in a position to call around for more than a couple days. When your air conditioning breaks down in the heat of the summer, you might 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 technician shows up can be intimidating, so we’re here with several price ranges on some common services so you won’t be surprised when Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning arrives to get you cool and comfortable 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 the accessibility of the leak, whether or not a leak test is needed, and what actually demands repair, an average refrigerant leak detection and repair can end up costing anywhere from $150 to $500 depending on how accessible the leak is for the technician. If you’re unsure, always ask your AC repair professional to show you his or her process and review their findings. AC Circuit Board Replacement Sometimes the culprit may be beyond the AC equipment itself and the circuit board may need to be replaced. Depending on the make and model of your air conditioner, a new circuit board for your AC could cost anywhere from $450 to $1300. Thermostat Replacement If you’re thinking about replacing your home’s thermostat, a smart wifi thermostat will normally cost more than a traditional thermostat. Depending on which style of thermostat you choose, you’re most likely going to end up paying anywhere between $200 and $550 to have a new on installed. Luckily, the newest thermostats may pay back their investment in energy management savings, provided they are programmed accordingly. Capacitor or Contactor Replacement If your A/C system is still only a few years old or you want to repair your older equipment instead of investing in an energy-efficient A/C system upgrade, a capacitor will most likely cost $250 to $350 and a contactor can run a little lower, ranging from $150 - $350. These repairs are two of the most common for your air conditioner. Air Conditioning Fan Motor Replacement Again, it’s always important to examine the pros and cons of repairing your current AC system versus buying an upgraded, more energy-efficient AC system. If replacing the fan motor is the better choice for you, a fan motor replacement could be between $500 and $1200. NOTE: Part repair under warranty A common misunderstanding is that if a part replacement is required, that it is covered under the manufacturer’s equipment warranty; however, there are several other costs that may not be covered under the warranty that you will be required to pay for out-of-pocket. Even with standard repairs, like a capacitor replacement, the HVAC contractor still has to process this warranty through the manufacturer so they can obtain the credit on the part. Additionally, all manufacturers demand the contractor to keep the part for 60-120 days and may require the contractor return the bad part at the contractor’s cost. Larger repairs, like a compressor, also require 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. Without a labor warranty you will continuously have to incur charges for the technician’s labor. Keep in mind that these prices are estimates and costs can increase or decrease depending on where you live, the actual issues with your equipment, the age of your air conditioner, and whether or not you’ve been having regular maintenance to maintain the AC’s health and your manufacturer’s warranty. If your unit 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 AC repair, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning 24/7/365.