Air conditioning is not only convenient, but it is also essential for your health during the hot summer months. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to take your time if the cold air stops blowing or the machine won’t turn on at all.
You may not have time to call around for rival quotes or investigate how much you may have to pay if your air conditioner breaks down in the middle of the summer. It can be frightening not knowing how much you can expect to pay when an air conditioning service technician arrives, so we’ve put together a sample list of price ranges for some common services so you won’t be surprised when your Celestial Air technician arrives to restore your cooling. Please note that these are sample price ranges, and may be more or less depending on the severity of the problem
Detection and Repair of Refrigerant Leaks: $150 – $500
Replacement of an AC circuit board costs between $450 and $1300.
Replacement of the thermostat costs between $200 and $500.
Replacement of a capacitor costs between $250 and $350.
Replacement of a contactor costs between $150 and $350.
Replacement of an AC fan motor costs between $500 and $1200.
Detection and Repair of Refrigerant Leaks
A standard refrigerant leak detection and repair will cost anywhere from $150 to $500 depending on how accessible the leak is, whether or not a leak test is required, and what exactly needs to be repaired. If you’re not sure, ask your air conditioning repair professional to guide you through the process and explain their results.
Replacement of the AC Circuit Board
It’s possible that the issue extends beyond the AC equipment and that the circuit board needs to be replaced. A new circuit board for your air conditioner could cost anywhere from $450 to $1300, depending on the make and model.
Replacement of Thermostat
A smart wifi thermostat would normally cost more than a basic thermostat if you want to replace your home’s thermostat. Installing a new thermostat will cost anything from $200 to $550, depending on the type of thermostat you select. Thankfully, depending on how well the newer thermostats are programmed, they will be able to pay for themselves in energy savings.
Replacement of a Capacitor or a Contactor
A capacitor would likely cost $250 to $350 if your A/C system is still new, and a contractor would likely cost $150 to $350 if you want to fix your older AC rather than invest in an energy-efficient A/C system upgrade. These are a few of the most popular repairs for your air conditioner.
Replacement of the A/C Fan Motor
It’s always a good idea to weigh the benefits and drawbacks of repairing your current air conditioning system versus upgrading to a more energy-efficient model. If you decide that replacing your AC’s fan motor is the best option, a fan motor replacement will cost anywhere from $500 to $1200.
When Parts are Covered by the Manufacturer’s Warranty
A common misunderstanding is that if a component needs to be replaced, the manufacturer’s equipment warranty will cover it; however, there are some other expenses that might not be covered by the warranty and that you may have to pay for out of pocket. Even if the repair is routine, such as a capacitor replacement, the HVAC contractor must still process the warranty through the manufacturer in order to receive credit for the component. Furthermore, all manufacturers require the contractor to store the component for 60-120 days and can request that the contractor return the defective part at his or her expense. Larger replacements, such as a compressor, often necessitate this procedure, but they also necessitate ancillary supplies and products (such as refrigerant, copper fittings, and so on) that are not protected by the Original Equipment Manufacturer guarantee. Unless you have a labor warranty, you will be responsible for paying for the technician’s time.
Keep in mind that these are averages, and they can vary depending on the location of your house, the actual problems with your device, the age of your air conditioner, and whether or not you’ve been getting annual maintenance to keep the AC in good working order and retain your manufacturer’s warranty. If your air conditioner has simply failed and replacement is imminent, we’ll be glad to discuss your options for a cost-effective replacement.