Not only does your AC system keep you comfortable, it’s also vital to your health through the extreme temperatures of summer. Unfortunately, when the cool air suddenly isn’t blowing or your air conditioner won’t start up at all, you’re not in a position to shop around for more than a couple days.
When your air conditioner goes out in the extreme temperatures of the summer, you may not have time to shop around for multiple quotes or research average costs. Not having an idea how much you can expect to pay when the air conditioner service expert arrives can be unnerving, so we’re here to show you some price ranges on some basic services so you won’t be alarmed when Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing comes to get you cool and comfortable again.
Depending on where the leak is, whether or not a leak test is needed, and what exactly demands repair, a typical refrigerant leak detection and repair can actually cost anywhere from $150 to $500 depending on the technician’s accessibility of the leak. If you’re unsure, feel free to ask your air conditioner repair technician to show you his or her process and review their findings.
There are times when the problem may be beyond the A/C system itself and the circuit board may be in need of replacing. Depending on the make and model of you’re A/C system, a new circuit board for your system could be priced anywhere from $450 to $1300.
If you’re thinking about replacing your home’s thermostat, a smart wifi thermostat will usually cost more than a basic thermostat. Depending on what kind of thermostat you go with, you’re looking at anywhere between $200 and $550 to get it installed. Thanksfully, the latest thermostats could pay back their cost in energy management savings, if they are programmed correctly.
If your A/C system is still only a couple years old or you choose to repair your older system instead of purchasing an energy-efficient air conditioning upgrade, a capacitor will typically cost $250 to $350 and a contractor can cost a little lower, ranging from $150 – $350. These repairs are two of the most typical for your air conditioning system.
Again, it’s always responsible to examine the pros and cons of repairing your current air conditioning equipment versus buying an upgraded, more energy-efficient AC system. If replacing this part is the better choice for you, a fan motor replacement may run you between $500 and $1200.
A common confusion is that if a part replacement is required, that it is covered through the manufacturer’s equipment warranty; however, there are many other costs that may not be covered by the warranty that will be your responsibility. Even with typical repairs, like a capacitor replacement, the company still has to process the warranty through the manufacturer so they can get the credit on the part. Additionally, all manufacturers instruct the contractor to store the part for two to four months and may ask the contractor return the failed part at the contractor’s cost. Bigger repairs, a compressor for example, are encompassed in this process but these bigger repairs have additional supplies and materials required (i.e. refrigerant, copper fittings, etc.) that are not covered through the Original Equipment Manufacturer warranty. Without a labor warranty you will continue have to pay out-of-pocket for the technician’s labor.
Some of our Membership Plans have parts and labor coverage that work with the manufacturer’s warranty to keep you from sudden repair costs.
Always understand that these prices are estimates and many times they can increase or decrease depending on where you live, the actual issues with your equipment, the age of your system, and whether or not you’ve been having annual maintenance to maintain the AC’s health and your manufacturer’s warranty. If your unit has just plain given up and replacement seems more likely, take a moment to look at our air conditioner pricing guide.
If you would like more information or ever need expert air conditioner repair, call Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing 24/7/365.
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