How Much Does Air Conditioning Service Cost?

August 05, 2016

Not only does your AC system make you comfortable, it’s also a health necessity during the extreme temperatures of summer. For that reason, when the cold air stops blowing or the system won’t come on at all, you’re don’t have time to look around for several days.

When your air conditioning goes out in the middle of the summer, you may not have time to look around for multiple quotes or research what you can expect to pay. Not knowing how much you can expect to pay when the air conditioner service tech shows up can be scary, so we’re here with a few price ranges on some common services so you won’t be surprised when Broad Ripple Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning comes 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 required, and what precisely requires repair, a typical 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, feel free to ask your AC repair technician to show you his or her process and go over their findings.

AC Circuit Board Replacement

Sometimes the culprit may be beyond the A/C system 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 run anywhere from $450 to $1300.

Thermostat Replacement

If you’re thinking about replacing your home’s thermostat, a smart wifi thermostat will likely cost more than a traditional thermostat. Depending on the type of thermostat you decide on, you’re most likely going to end up paying anywhere between $200 and $550 to install a new one. Luckily, the newer thermostats might pay back their cost in energy management savings, if they are programmed properly.

Capacitor or Contactor Replacement

If your air conditioner is still only a couple years old or you choose to repair your older AC instead of purchasing an energy-efficient A/C system upgrade, a capacitor will most likely cost $250 to $350 and a contactor can be priced a little lower, ranging from $150 - $350. These repairs are some of the most typical for your AC system.

Air Conditioning Fan Motor Replacement

Again, it’s always good to examine the pros and cons of repairing 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 be between $500 and $1200.

NOTE: Part repair under warranty

A common misconception is that if the issue calls for a part to be replaced, that it is covered by the manufacturer’s equipment warranty; however, there are several 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, like a capacitor replacement, the company still has to process the warranty through the manufacturer so they can obtain the credit on the part. Furthermore, all manufacturers instruct the contractor to hold the part for eight to sixteen weeks and may ask the contractor return the bad part at the contractor’s cost. Larger repairs, such as a compressor, are encompassed in this process but those types of repairs have more 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.

Always understand that these costs are estimates and many times they can increase or decrease depending on the climate of your city, the specific issues with your equipment, the age of your system, and whether or not you’ve been receiving annual maintenance to maintain the AC’s health and your manufacturer’s warranty. If your AC is pretty much dead and replacement is 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 Broad Ripple Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning 24/7/365.

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