How Much Does Air Conditioning Service Cost?

August 05, 2016

Not only does air conditioning help you to stay comfortable, it’s also vital to your health during the extreme temperatures of summer. For that reason, when the cool air stops blowing or your air conditioner won’t start up at all, you’re not in a position to call around for more than a couple days.

When your air conditioner goes out in the middle of the summer, you may not have time to look around for competing quotes or research how much you may have to pay. Not being sure how much it may cost when the AC service expert shows up can be scary, so we’re here with several price ranges on some basic services so you won’t be shocked when Stark Services shows up 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 a leak test is needed, and what precisely requires repair, a regular 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 air conditioner repair professional to walk you through the process and go over their findings.

AC Circuit Board Replacement

At times 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 looking to replace your home’s thermostat, a smart wifi thermostat will typically cost more than a basic thermostat. Depending on what kind of thermostat you go with, you’re most likely going to end up paying anywhere between $200 and $550 to have a new on installed. Thanksfully, the latest thermostats may pay back their investment in energy management savings, depending on if they are programmed correctly.

Capacitor or Contactor Replacement

If your AC is still only a few years old or you decide to repair your older system instead of investing in an energy-efficient A/C system upgrade, a capacitor will typically cost $250 to $350 and a contractor can cost a little lower, ranging from $150 - $350. These repairs are some of the most typical for your air conditioning system.

AC Fan Motor Replacement

Again, it’s always important to review the pros and cons of choosing to repair your current AC system versus purchasing an upgraded, more energy-efficient AC system. If replacing your AC’s fan motor is the better decision for you, a fan motor replacement could cost between $500 and $1200.

NOTE: Part repair under warranty

A common misunderstanding 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 many 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 contractor 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 ask the contractor return the bad part at the contractor’s cost. Larger repairs, such as a compressor, also require this process but these larger repairs have additional 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 out-of-pocket for the technician’s labor.

Some of our Membership Plans allow for parts and labor coverage that work in tandem with the manufacturer’s warranty to keep you from surprise repair costs.

Always understand that these costs 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 receiving regular maintenance to maintain the AC’s health and your manufacturer’s warranty. If your unit is pretty much dead and replacement is looking more likely, take a moment to read our air conditioner pricing guide.

If you have any questions or ever need expert air conditioning repair, call Stark Services 24/7/365.

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