Not only does your air conditioner help you to stay comfortable, it’s also vital to your health during the extreme temperatures of summer. As a result, when the chilly air stops blowing or your air conditioner won’t come on at all, you’re not in a position to shop around for a few days.
When your air conditioning breaks down in the heat of the summer, you don’t always have time to look around for multiple quotes or research how much you may have to pay. Not knowing how much repairs can cost when the air conditioner service technician arrives can be scary, so we’re here to provide a few price ranges on some common services so you won’t be caught off guard when Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing shows up to get you cool and comfortable again.
Depending on how accessible the leak is, whether or not it requires a leak test, and what exactly demands repair, a normal 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 feeling uneasy, feel free to ask your air conditioning repair expert to walk you through the process and go over their findings.
At times the issue may be beyond the A/C system itself and the circuit board may need to be replaced. Depending on the make and model of you’re A/C system, a new circuit board for your equipment could be priced anywhere from $450 to $1300.
If you’re interested in replacing your home’s thermostat, a smart wifi thermostat will typically cost more than a standard thermostat. Depending on the type of thermostat you decide on, you’re probably going to pay anywhere between $200 and $550 to have a new on installed. Luckily, the newer thermostats could pay back their cost in energy management savings, provided they are programmed properly.
If your A/C system is still young or you choose to repair your older system instead of investing in an energy-efficient AC upgrade, a capacitor will most likely cost $250 to $350 and a contractor can cost a little lower, ranging from $150 – $350. These repairs are two of the most standard for your air conditioning system.
Again, it’s always good to weigh the pros and cons of choosing to repair your current AC system versus purchasing an upgraded, more energy-efficient piece of equipment. If replacing this part is the better option for you, a fan motor replacement might run you between $500 and $1200.
A common confusion is that if the issue calls for a part to be replaced, that it is covered through the manufacturer’s equipment warranty; however, there are several other costs that may not be covered under the warranty that you will be required to pay for out-of-pocket. Even with standard repairs, for example, a capacitor replacement, the contractor still has to process your warranty through the manufacturer so they can receive the credit on the part. Furthermore, all manufacturers demand the contractor to hold the part for 60-120 days and may ask the contractor return the failed part at the contractor’s cost. Larger repairs, a compressor for example, also require this process but these bigger 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 incur charges for the technician’s labor.
Some of our Membership Plans carry parts and labor coverage that works in tandem with the manufacturer’s warranty to keep you from sudden repair costs.
Always understand that these ranges are estimates and many times they can increase or decrease depending on the climate of your city, the actual issues with your equipment, the age of your system, and whether or not you’ve been getting yearly maintenance to maintain the health of your A/C and your manufacturer’s warranty. If your AC is pretty much dead and replacement seems more likely, take a moment to read 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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