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 when we’re here in 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 don’t have time to shop 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 different quotes or research how much you may have to pay. Not knowing how much you can expect to pay when the air conditioning service expert arrives can be intimidating, so we’re here to provide several price ranges on some basic services so you won’t be caught off guard when Stark Services arrives 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 precisely requires repair, a normal refrigerant leak detection and repair can end up costing anywhere from $150 to $500 depending on the accessibility of the leak for the technician. If you’re feeling uneasy, always ask your air conditioner repair professional to walk you through the process and explain 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 your AC make and model, a new circuit board for your AC could run 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 install a new one. Thanksfully, the newer thermostats may pay back their cost in energy management savings, depending on if they are programmed correctly.

Capacitor or Contactor Replacement

If your air conditioner is still young 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 run a little lower, ranging from $150 - $350. These repairs are a couple of the most typical for your air conditioning system.

A/C Fan Motor Replacement

Again, it’s always responsible to review the pros and cons of choosing to repair your current air conditioning equipment 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 a part replacement is required, 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 typical 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 keep the part for two to four months and may ask the contractor return the malfunctioned part at the contractor’s cost. Larger repairs, such as a compressor, are included in this process but these larger repairs have ancillary supplies and materials required (i.e. refrigerant, copper fittings, etc.) that are not covered under the Original Equipment Manufacturer warranty. Without a labor warranty you will continuously have to pay out-of-pocket for the technician’s labor.

Always understand that these prices are estimates and many times they can increase or decrease depending on where the home is, 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 seems more likely, take a moment to read our air conditioner pricing guide.

If you would like more information or ever need expert air conditioning repair, call Stark Services 24/7/365.

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