Not only does air conditioning help you to stay comfortable, it’s also crucial for your health when we’re here in the heat of summer. For that reason, when the cold air suddenly isn’t blowing or the system won’t come on at all, you’re not in a position to call around for a few days.
When your AC goes out in the extreme temperatures 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 unnerving, so we’re here to provide several price ranges on some common services so you won’t be shocked when Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing comes to get you up and running again.
Depending on where the leak is, whether or not it requires a leak test, and what precisely demands repair, a regular refrigerant leak detection and repair can cost you anywhere from $150 to $500 depending on the technician’s accessibility of the leak. If you’re unsure, feel free to ask your air conditioning repair technician to show you his or her process and explain their findings.
There are times when the issue 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 system could be priced anywhere from $450 to $1300.
If you’re interested in replacing your home’s thermostat, a smart wifi thermostat will usually cost more than a traditional thermostat. Depending on what kind of thermostat you decide on, you’re most likely going to end up paying anywhere between $200 and $550 to get it installed. Luckily, the newer thermostats might pay back their cost in energy management savings, provided they are programmed correctly.
If your A/C system is still young or you choose to repair your older AC instead of buying an energy-efficient air conditioning upgrade, a capacitor will most likely cost $250 to $350 and a contractor can run a little lower, ranging from $150 – $350. These repairs are some of the most common for your AC system.
Again, it’s always important to assess the pros and cons of paying to repair your current air conditioner versus purchasing an upgraded, more energy-efficient AC system. If replacing this part is the better decision for you, a fan motor replacement might be between $500 and $1200.
A common misconception is that if a part replacement is required, that it is covered through the manufacturer’s equipment warranty; however, there are many additional costs that may not be covered through the warranty that will be your out-of-pocket costs. Even with typical repairs, for example, a capacitor replacement, the contractor still has to process your warranty through the manufacturer so they can obtain the credit on the part. Also, all manufacturers demand the contractor to keep the part for two to four months and may require the contractor return the failed part at the contractor’s cost. Bigger repairs, like a compressor, are included in this process but these bigger repairs have ancillary supplies and materials required (i.e. refrigerant, copper fittings, etc.) that are not covered by the Original Equipment Manufacturer warranty. Without a labor warranty you will continuously have to pay out-of-pocket for the technician’s labor.
Some of our Membership Plans carry parts and labor coverage that works with the manufacturer’s warranty to guard you from unexpected repair bills.
Keep in mind that these costs are estimates and many times they can increase or decrease depending on where you live, the actual issues with your equipment, how old your equipment is, and whether or not you’ve been having regular maintenance to maintain the health of your air conditioning system and your manufacturer’s warranty. If your AC has just plain given up 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 AC repair, call Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing 24/7/365.
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