How Much Does Air Conditioning Service Cost?

August 05, 2016

Not only does your air conditioner make you comfortable, it’s also a health necessity when we’re here in 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 a few days.

When your AC goes out in the middle of the summer, you don’t always have time to call around for different quotes or research average costs. Not having an idea how much repairs can cost when the AC service technician knocks on your door can be intimidating, 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 exactly requires repair, a typical 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 air conditioner repair expert to show you 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 be in need of replacing. Depending on your AC make and model, a new circuit board for your system could cost 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 which style of thermostat you go with, you’re looking at anywhere between $200 and $550 to get it installed. Fortunately, the latest thermostats might pay back their cost in energy management savings, depending on if they are programmed correctly.

Capacitor or Contactor Replacement

If your air conditioner is still only a few years old or you choose to repair your older AC instead of investing in an energy-efficient A/C system upgrade, a capacitor will most likely cost $250 to $350 and a contractor can run a little lower, ranging from $150 - $350. These repairs are a couple of the most typical for your air conditioning system.

Air Conditioning Fan Motor Replacement

Again, it’s always good to consider the pros and cons of paying to repair 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 misconception 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 additional costs that may not be covered by the warranty that you will be required to pay for out-of-pocket. Even with typical repairs, such as a capacitor replacement, the contractor still has to process your warranty through the manufacturer so they can obtain the credit on the part. Additionally, all manufacturers demand the contractor to store the part for two to four months and may make the contractor return the malfunctioned part at the contractor’s cost. Greater repairs, like a compressor, are encompassed in this process but these larger 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.

Some of our Membership Plans carry parts and labor coverage that work alongside the manufacturer’s warranty to keep you from unexpected repair bills.

Remember that these ranges are estimates and they can often increase or decrease depending on the climate of your city, the specific 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 would like more information or ever need expert AC repair, call Rob's Albertan Service Experts 24/7/365.

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