Not only does your AC system keep you comfortable, it’s also vital to your health through the extreme temperatures of summer. For that reason, when the cool air suddenly isn’t blowing or your AC won’t come on at all, you’re don’t have time to shop around for a few days.
When your air conditioner dies in the middle of the summer, you might not have time to look around for multiple quotes or research average costs. Not knowing how much it may cost when the air conditioning service tech knocks on your door can be scary, so we’re here with a few price ranges on some common services so you won’t be caught off guard when Teays Valley Service Experts 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 required, and what actually demands repair, a normal 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 unsure, you can ask your air conditioner repair expert to guide you through their process and review their findings.
AC Circuit Board Replacement
There are times when the issue may be beyond the air conditioner itself and the circuit board may be in need of replacing. Depending on the make and model of your air conditioner, a new circuit board for your system could cost anywhere from $450 to $1300.
If you’re interested in replacing your home’s thermostat, a smart wifi thermostat will typically cost more than a traditional thermostat. Depending on which style of thermostat you go with, you’re probably going to pay anywhere between $200 and $550 to have a new on installed. Luckily, the newest thermostats may pay back their purchase price in energy management savings, 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 system instead of buying an energy-efficient A/C system 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 a couple of the most standard for your air conditioning system.
AC Fan Motor Replacement
Again, it’s always important to weigh the pros and cons of choosing to repair your current air conditioning equipment versus purchasing an upgraded, more energy-efficient piece of equipment. If replacing your AC’s fan motor is the better decision 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 under the manufacturer’s equipment warranty; however, there are many other costs that may not be covered by the warranty that will be your out-of-pocket costs. Even with common repairs, like a capacitor replacement, the company still has to process your warranty through the manufacturer so they can obtain the credit on the part. Furthermore, all manufacturers demand the contractor to keep the part for 60-120 days and may ask the contractor return the malfunctioned part at the contractor’s cost. Bigger repairs, a compressor for example, are encompassed in this process but these larger repairs have ancillary supplies and materials required (i.e. refrigerant, copper fittings, etc.) that are not covered by the Original Equipment Manufacturer warranty. If you don’t have a labor warranty you will continue have to incur charges for the technician’s labor.
Remember that these ranges are estimates and many times they can increase or decrease depending on the climate of your city, the specific issues with your system, how old your equipment is, and whether or not you’ve been getting annual maintenance to maintain the AC’s health and your manufacturer’s warranty. If your unit has seen its last summer and replacement seems more likely, take a moment to read our air conditioner pricing guide.
If you have any questions or ever need expert air conditioner repair, call Teays Valley Service Experts 24/7/365.