Not only does your AC system keep you comfortable, it’s also vital to your health during the dog days of summer. As a result, when the cool air stops blowing or your AC won’t start up at all, you’re don’t have time to shop around for more than a couple days.
When your AC breaks down in the extreme temperatures of the summer, you don’t always have time to shop around for multiple quotes or research what you can expect to pay. Not knowing how much it may cost when the air conditioner service tech arrives can be intimidating, so we’re here to provide some price ranges on some standard services so you won’t be alarmed when Strand Brothers Service Experts shows up to get you up and running 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 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 feeling uneasy, always ask your air conditioner repair technician to walk you through the process and review their findings.
AC Circuit Board Replacement
There are times when the problem may be beyond the AC equipment itself and the circuit board may be in need of replacing. Depending on the make and model of your air conditioner, a new circuit board for your equipment could cost anywhere from $450 to $1300.
If you’re looking to replace your home’s thermostat, a smart wifi thermostat will likely cost more than a standard thermostat. Depending on which style of thermostat you choose, you’re probably going to pay anywhere between $200 and $550 to have a new on installed. Fortunately, the newest thermostats may pay back their cost in energy management savings, depending on if they are programmed properly.
Capacitor or Contactor Replacement
If your AC is still young or you choose to repair your older system instead of buying an energy-efficient AC upgrade, a capacitor will probably cost $250 to $350 and a contractor can cost a little lower, ranging from $150 - $350. These repairs are a couple of the most typical for your AC system.
A/C Fan Motor Replacement
Again, it’s always good to assess the pros and cons of paying to repair your current air conditioner versus investing in an upgraded, more energy-efficient piece of equipment. If replacing the fan motor is the better choice for you, a fan motor replacement might run you between $500 and $1200.
NOTE: Part repair under warranty
A common misunderstanding is that if the issue calls for a part to be replaced, that it is covered by the manufacturer’s equipment warranty; however, there are several other costs that may not be covered by the warranty that will be your responsibility. Even with common repairs, such as a capacitor replacement, the HVAC contractor still has to process the warranty through the manufacturer so they can get the credit on the part. Additionally, all manufacturers require the contractor to store the part for two to four months and may ask the contractor return the failed part at the contractor’s cost. Bigger repairs, a compressor for example, are included in this process but these bigger 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 continue have to pay out-of-pocket for the technician’s labor.
Keep in mind that these ranges are estimates and many times they can 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 annual maintenance to maintain the health of your air conditioning system and your manufacturer’s warranty. If your system has seen its last summer and replacement is looking more likely, take a moment to look at our air conditioner pricing guide.
If you would like more information or ever need expert air conditioning repair, call Strand Brothers Service Experts 24/7/365.