How Much Does Air Conditioning Service Cost?

August 05, 2016

Not only does air conditioning make you comfortable, it’s also a health necessity when we’re here in the extreme temperatures of summer. For that reason, when the cold air stops blowing or your AC won’t come on at all, you’re not in a position to look around for a few days.

When your air conditioning dies in the middle of the summer, you may not have time to look around for multiple quotes or research average costs. Not knowing how much it may cost when the air conditioner service tech arrives can be scary, so we’re here to provide a few price ranges on some common services so you won’t be surprised when Broad Ripple Service Experts comes 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 the accessibility of the leak, whether or not a leak test is required, and what precisely requires repair, a typical 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, always ask your AC repair expert to show you their process and go over their findings.

AC Circuit Board Replacement

There are times when the culprit may be beyond the A/C system itself and the circuit board may be in need of replacing. Depending on your AC make and model, a new circuit board for your equipment 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 standard thermostat. Depending on which style of thermostat you decide on, you’re most likely going to end up paying anywhere between $200 and $550 to have a new on installed. Fortunately, the latest thermostats might pay back their cost in energy management savings, provided they are programmed accordingly.

Capacitor or Contactor Replacement

If your air conditioner is still only a couple years old or you decide to repair your older AC instead of investing in 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 typical for your air conditioner.

Air Conditioning Fan Motor Replacement

Again, it’s always good to examine the pros and cons of repairing your current AC system 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 may 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 other costs that may not be covered through the warranty that will be your responsibility. Even with common 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 keep the part for eight to sixteen weeks and may ask the contractor return the bad part at the contractor’s cost. Larger repairs, like 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 by the Original Equipment Manufacturer warranty. If you don’t have a labor warranty you will continue have to pay out-of-pocket for the technician’s labor.

Some of our Membership Plans allow for parts and labor coverage that works with the manufacturer’s warranty to protect you from surprise repair costs.

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 system, the age of your system, and whether or not you’ve been getting annual maintenance to maintain the AC’s health and your manufacturer’s warranty. If your system is pretty much dead and replacement is more likely, take a moment to look at our air conditioner pricing guide.

If you have any questions or ever need expert air conditioning repair, call Broad Ripple Service Experts 24/7/365.

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