How Much Does Air Conditioning Service Cost?

August 05, 2016

Not only does air conditioning keep you comfortable, it’s also vital to your health during the heat 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 shop 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 average costs. Not knowing how much repairs can cost when the air conditioning service technician arrives can be unnerving, so we’re here with several price ranges on some standard services so you won’t be shocked when Gordon's Service Experts 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 where the leak is, whether or not a leak test is needed, and what actually needs to be repaired, a typical refrigerant leak detection and repair can cost you anywhere from $150 to $500 depending on the accessibility of the leak for the technician. If you’re feeling uneasy, always ask your air conditioning repair professional to guide you through his or her process and review their findings.

AC Circuit Board Replacement

Sometimes 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 cost anywhere from $450 to $1300.

Thermostat Replacement

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

Capacitor or Contactor Replacement

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

A/C Fan Motor Replacement

Again, it’s always responsible to weigh the pros and cons of choosing to repair your current air conditioner versus purchasing an upgraded, more energy-efficient air conditioner. If replacing this part is the better option for you, a fan motor replacement may cost between $500 and $1200.

NOTE: Part repair under warranty

A common misunderstanding is that if a part replacement is required, that it is covered through the manufacturer’s equipment warranty; however, there are several additional costs that may not be covered by the warranty that will be your out-of-pocket costs. Even with standard repairs, like a capacitor replacement, the contractor still has to process your warranty through the manufacturer so they can receive the credit on the part. Furthermore, all manufacturers demand the contractor to store the part for two to four months and may make the contractor return the malfunctioned part at the contractor’s cost. Larger repairs, a compressor for example, are encompassed in this process but these larger repairs have additional 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 incur charges for the technician’s labor.

Some of our Membership Plans allow for parts and labor coverage that works with the manufacturer’s warranty to shield you from unexpected repair costs.

Always understand that these ranges are estimates and they can often increase or decrease depending on where you live, the particular issues with your equipment, the age of your air conditioner, and whether or not you’ve been getting yearly maintenance to maintain the health of your A/C and your manufacturer’s warranty. If your AC has seen its last summer and replacement is looking more likely, take a moment to read our air conditioner pricing guide.

If you would like more information or ever need expert AC repair, call Gordon's Service Experts 24/7/365.

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