Not only does your air conditioner keep you comfortable, it’s also crucial for your health through the extreme temperatures of summer. Unfortunately, when the cold air suddenly isn’t blowing or your AC won’t come on at all, you’re not able to look around for more than a couple days.
When your AC dies in the extreme temperatures of the summer, you don’t always have time to shop around for different quotes or research average costs. Not being sure how much repairs can cost when the air conditioner service tech arrives can be intimidating, so we’re here to show you several price ranges on some common services so you won’t be caught off guard when Stallion Heating Plumbing Air Conditioning shows up to get you cool and comfortable 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 the accessibility of the leak, whether or not it requires a leak test, and what exactly demands repair, a typical refrigerant leak detection and repair can end up costing anywhere from $150 to $500 depending on the technician’s accessibility of the leak. If you’re unsure, you can ask your air conditioner repair professional to walk you through the process and explain their findings.
AC Circuit Board Replacement
At times the culprit may be beyond the AC equipment itself and the circuit board may require replacement. 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 looking to replace your home’s thermostat, a smart wifi thermostat will typically cost more than a standard thermostat. Depending on what kind of thermostat you decide on, you’re looking at anywhere between $200 and $550 to have a new on installed. Thanksfully, the newest thermostats may pay back their purchase price in energy management savings, provided they are programmed correctly.
Capacitor or Contactor Replacement
If your air conditioner is still only a couple years old or you choose to repair your older AC instead of buying 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 two of the most standard for your air conditioner.
AC Fan Motor Replacement
Again, it’s always good to examine the pros and cons of paying to repair your current AC system versus buying an upgraded, more energy-efficient AC system. If replacing the fan motor is the better choice for you, a fan motor replacement may cost between $500 and $1200.
NOTE: Part repair under warranty
A common confusion is that if the issue calls for a part to be replaced, that it is covered under the manufacturer’s equipment warranty; however, there are many other costs that may not be covered under the warranty that will be your responsibility. Even with standard repairs, such as a capacitor replacement, the HVAC contractor still has to process this warranty through the manufacturer so they can get the credit on the part. Also, all manufacturers demand the contractor to keep the part for 60-120 days and may make the contractor return the bad part at the contractor’s cost. Bigger repairs, such as a compressor, are included in this process but these larger repairs have more supplies and materials required (i.e. refrigerant, copper fittings, etc.) that are not covered by the Original Equipment Manufacturer warranty. Unless you have a labor warranty you will continue have to pay additionally for the technician’s labor.
Some of our Membership Plans have parts and labor coverage that works in tandem with the manufacturer’s warranty to keep you from sudden repair bills.
Remember that these prices are estimates and they can often increase or decrease depending on where you live, the actual issues with your equipment, how old your equipment is, and whether or not you’ve been receiving yearly maintenance to maintain the health of your air conditioning system and your manufacturer’s warranty. If your unit is pretty much dead and replacement is more likely, take a moment to review our air conditioner pricing guide.
If you would like more information or ever need expert AC repair, call Stallion Heating Plumbing Air Conditioning 24/7/365.