How Much Does Air Conditioning Service Cost?

August 05, 2016

Not only does your air conditioner make you comfortable, it’s also vital to your health during the heat of summer. As a result, when the chilly air suddenly isn’t blowing or your air conditioner won’t come on at all, you’re not able to call around for several days.

When your air conditioning dies in the middle of the summer, you may not have time to look around for competing quotes or research what you can expect to pay. Not having an idea how much repairs can cost when the air conditioning service technician knocks on your door can be scary, so we’re here with a few price ranges on some standard services so you won’t be surprised when Rob's Albertan Service Experts arrives to get you cool and comfortable again.

  1. Refrigerant Leak Detection & Repair: $150 - $500
  2. AC Circuit Board Replacement: $450 - $1300
  3. Thermostat Replacement: $200 - $500
  4. Capacitor Replacement: $250 - $350
  5. Contactor Replacement: $150 - $350
  6. AC Fan Motor Replacement: $500 - $1200

Refrigerant Leak Detection and Repair

Depending on how accessible the leak is, whether or not a leak test is required, and what actually requires repair, a typical refrigerant leak detection and repair can actually cost anywhere from $150 to $500 depending on how accessible the leak is for the technician. If you’re unsure, feel free to ask your air conditioner repair technician to walk you through the process and review their findings.

AC Circuit Board Replacement

Sometimes the problem may be beyond the A/C system itself and the circuit board may need to be replaced. Depending on the make and model of your air conditioner, a new circuit board for your system could run anywhere from $450 to $1300.

Thermostat Replacement

If you’re looking to replace your home’s thermostat, a smart wifi thermostat will usually cost more than a traditional thermostat. Depending on the type of thermostat you go with, you’re probably going to pay anywhere between $200 and $550 to get it installed. Fortunately, the latest thermostats might pay back their investment in energy management savings, depending on if they are programmed correctly.

Capacitor or Contactor Replacement

If your air conditioner is still young or you choose to repair your older AC instead of purchasing an energy-efficient A/C system upgrade, a capacitor will probably cost $250 to $350 and a contractor can cost a little lower, ranging from $150 - $350. These repairs are some of the most typical for your air conditioning system.

Air Conditioning Fan Motor Replacement

Again, it’s always good to weigh the pros and cons of repairing your current air conditioner versus buying an upgraded, more energy-efficient AC system. If replacing your AC’s fan motor is the better choice for you, a fan motor replacement might 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 under the manufacturer’s equipment warranty; however, there are several other costs that may not be covered by the warranty that you will be required to pay for out-of-pocket. Even with common repairs, such as a capacitor replacement, the company still has to process your warranty through the manufacturer so they can obtain the credit on the part. Additionally, all manufacturers require the contractor to store the part for 60-120 days and may require the contractor return the malfunctioned part at the contractor’s cost. Greater repairs, like a compressor, are encompassed in this process but those types of repairs have additional supplies and materials required (i.e. refrigerant, copper fittings, etc.) that are not covered by the Original Equipment Manufacturer warranty. Without a labor warranty you will continuously have to pay out-of-pocket for the technician’s labor.

Remember that these ranges are estimates and they can often increase or decrease depending on the climate of your city, the particular issues with your system, the age of your air conditioner, and whether or not you’ve been having yearly maintenance to maintain the health of your air conditioning system and your manufacturer’s warranty. If your AC has just plain given up and replacement is looking more likely, take a moment to read our air conditioner pricing guide.

If you have any questions or ever need expert air conditioning repair, call Rob's Albertan Service Experts 24/7/365.

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