Not only does air conditioning keep you comfortable, it’s also vital to your health during the dog days of summer. Unfortunately, when the cool air suddenly isn’t blowing or the system won’t start up at all, you’re not in a position to call around for several days.
When your air conditioning breaks down in the middle of the summer, you don’t always have time to look around for different quotes or research average costs. Not being sure how much it may cost when the air conditioner service expert shows up can be intimidating, so we’re here to provide several price ranges on some basic services so you won’t be alarmed when A-PLUS Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning comes to get you up and running again.
- Refrigerant Leak Detection & Repair: $150 - $500
- AC Circuit Board Replacement: $450 - $1300
- Thermostat Replacement: $200 - $500
- Capacitor Replacement: $250 - $350
- Contactor Replacement: $150 - $350
- AC Fan Motor Replacement: $500 - $1200
Refrigerant Leak Detection and Repair
Depending on where the leak is, whether or not there needs to be a leak test, and what exactly needs to be repaired, a regular refrigerant leak detection and repair can actually cost 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 guide you through the process and go over their findings.
AC Circuit Board Replacement
At times 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 normally cost more than a traditional thermostat. Depending on the type of thermostat you go with, you’re looking at anywhere between $200 and $550 to have a new on installed. Luckily, the newest thermostats could pay back their cost in energy management savings, depending on if they are programmed properly.
Capacitor or Contactor Replacement
If your air conditioner is still only a few years old or you decide to repair your older equipment instead of purchasing an energy-efficient air conditioning 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 two of the most standard for your air conditioning system.
A/C Fan Motor Replacement
Again, it’s always important to weigh the pros and cons of repairing your current air conditioner versus purchasing an upgraded, more energy-efficient air conditioner. If replacing your AC’s fan motor is the better option for you, a fan motor replacement could be between $500 and $1200.
NOTE: Part repair under warranty
A common misunderstanding is that if there is a part that needs to be replaced, that it is covered by 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 HVAC contractor still has to process your warranty through the manufacturer so they can get the credit on the part. Also, all manufacturers require the contractor to store the part for 60-120 days and may ask the contractor return the bad part at the contractor’s cost. Larger repairs, a compressor for example, also require this process but these larger repairs have additional 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 additionally for the technician’s labor.
Keep in mind that these costs are estimates and they can often increase or decrease depending on where you live, the particular issues with your equipment, how old your equipment is, and whether or not you’ve been getting regular maintenance to maintain the AC’s health and your manufacturer’s warranty. If your AC has seen its last summer and replacement is looking more likely, take a moment to review our air conditioner pricing guide.
If you have any questions or ever need expert AC repair, call A-PLUS Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning 24/7/365.