How Much Does Air Conditioning Service Cost?

August 05, 2016

Not only does your AC system keep you comfortable, it’s also vital to your health when we’re here in the dog days of summer. As a result, when the cold air suddenly isn’t blowing or the system won’t come on at all, you’re not able to call around for a few days.

When your AC goes out in the heat of the summer, you may not have time to look around for multiple quotes or research what you can expect to pay. Not being sure how much repairs can cost when the AC service tech arrives can be unnerving, so we’re here with several price ranges on some basic services so you won’t be shocked when Gordon's Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning comes to get you cooling 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 where the leak is, whether or not it requires a leak test, and what actually needs to be repaired, a typical refrigerant leak detection and repair can cost you anywhere from $150 to $500 depending on how accessible the leak is for the technician. If you’re feeling uneasy, always ask your AC repair professional 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 the make and model of you’re A/C system, a new circuit board for your AC could run anywhere from $450 to $1300.

Thermostat Replacement

If you’re interested in replacing your home’s thermostat, a smart wifi thermostat will usually cost more than a basic thermostat. Depending on which style of thermostat you decide on, you’re probably going to pay anywhere between $200 and $550 to get it installed. Fortunately, the newest thermostats might pay back their investment in energy management savings, depending on if they are programmed accordingly.

Capacitor or Contactor Replacement

If your air conditioner is still young or you want to repair your older AC instead of buying an energy-efficient air conditioning upgrade, a capacitor will probably cost $250 to $350 and a contactor can be priced a little lower, ranging from $150 - $350. These repairs are some of the most common for your air conditioner.

AC Fan Motor Replacement

Again, it’s always important to consider the pros and cons of choosing to repair your current air conditioner versus investing in an upgraded, more energy-efficient air conditioner. If replacing the fan motor is the better option for you, a fan motor replacement could cost between $500 and $1200.

NOTE: Part repair under warranty

A common misconception is that if there is a part that needs to be replaced, that it is covered through the manufacturer’s equipment warranty; however, there are several other costs that may not be covered under the warranty that will be your out-of-pocket costs. Even with standard repairs, like a capacitor replacement, the company still has to process your warranty through the manufacturer so they can get the credit on the part. Additionally, all manufacturers demand the contractor to store the part for 60-120 days and may make the contractor return the malfunctioned part at the contractor’s cost. Bigger repairs, a compressor for example, are encompassed in this process but those types of repairs have ancillary 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 always have to pay out-of-pocket for the technician’s labor.

Always understand that these ranges are estimates and many times they can increase or decrease depending on where you live, the specific issues with your equipment, the age of your air conditioner, and whether or not you’ve been getting annual maintenance to maintain the health of your A/C 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 have any questions or ever need expert AC repair, call Gordon's Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning 24/7/365.

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