How Much Does Air Conditioning Service Cost?

August 05, 2016

Not only does air conditioning keep you comfortable, it’s also a health necessity through the extreme temperatures of summer. Unfortunately, when the cold air suddenly isn’t blowing or the system won’t come on at all, you’re don’t have time to call around for several 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 being sure how much you can expect to pay when the air conditioning service technician knocks on your door can be intimidating, so we’re here to provide some 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.

  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 the accessibility of the leak, whether or not a leak test is required, and what actually demands repair, a regular 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 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 AC equipment 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 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 standard thermostat. Depending on which style of thermostat you choose, you’re probably going to pay anywhere between $200 and $550 to have a new on installed. Luckily, the newest thermostats might pay back their purchase price in energy management savings, provided they are programmed accordingly.

Capacitor or Contactor Replacement

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

A/C Fan Motor Replacement

Again, it’s always responsible to consider the pros and cons of choosing to repair your current air conditioning equipment versus investing in 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 misconception is that if a part replacement is required, that it is covered by the manufacturer’s equipment warranty; however, there are many other costs that may not be covered under the warranty that will be your out-of-pocket costs. Even with common repairs, such as a capacitor replacement, the contractor still has to process your warranty through the manufacturer so they can obtain the credit on the part. Furthermore, all manufacturers require 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 under 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.

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

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 receiving yearly maintenance to maintain the health of your A/C and your manufacturer’s warranty. If your unit has seen its last summer and replacement seems more likely, take a moment to look at 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.

Contact Us