Not only does air conditioning help you to stay comfortable, it’s also a health necessity through the dog days of summer. As a result, when the cold air suddenly isn’t blowing or your AC won’t start up at all, you’re not in a position to call around for a few days.
When your AC breaks down in the extreme temperatures of the summer, you might not have time to look around for different quotes or research what you can expect to pay. Not being sure how much repairs can cost when the air conditioning service technician knocks on your door can be scary, so we’re here with several price ranges on some common services so you won’t be alarmed when Hammond Plumbing & Heating comes 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 the accessibility of the leak, whether or not there needs to be a leak test, and what actually requires repair, a normal refrigerant leak detection and repair can end up costing anywhere from $150 to $500 depending on the accessibility of the leak for the technician. If you’re unsure, you can ask your air conditioner repair professional to guide you through his or her process and explain their findings.
AC Circuit Board Replacement
Sometimes the issue may be beyond the air conditioner itself and the circuit board may require replacement. Depending on the make and model of you’re A/C system, a new circuit board for your equipment could run anywhere from $450 to $1300.
If you’re interested in replacing your home’s thermostat, a smart wifi thermostat will typically cost more than a basic thermostat. Depending on which style of thermostat you decide on, you’re most likely going to end up paying anywhere between $200 and $550 to get it installed. Luckily, the newest thermostats could pay back their investment in energy management savings, provided they are programmed correctly.
Capacitor or Contactor Replacement
If your AC is still only a couple years old or you choose to repair your older equipment instead of investing in 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 some of the most typical for your air conditioning system.
A/C Fan Motor Replacement
Again, it’s always good to review the pros and cons of paying to repair your current air conditioner versus buying an upgraded, more energy-efficient piece of equipment. If replacing your AC’s fan motor is the better option for you, a fan motor replacement may be between $500 and $1200.
NOTE: Part repair under warranty
A common misconception is that if a part replacement is required, that it is covered by the manufacturer’s equipment warranty; however, there are many other costs that may not be covered through 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 this warranty through the manufacturer so they can get the credit on the part. Also, all manufacturers demand the contractor to store the part for 60-120 days and may make the contractor return the failed part at the contractor’s cost. Bigger repairs, such as a compressor, are encompassed in this process but these bigger repairs have additional supplies and materials required (i.e. refrigerant, copper fittings, etc.) that are not covered under the Original Equipment Manufacturer warranty. Unless you have a labor warranty you will continuously have to pay additionally for the technician’s labor.
Always understand that these ranges are estimates and costs can increase or decrease depending on the climate of your city, the specific issues with your AC, the age of your system, and whether or not you’ve been receiving annual maintenance to maintain the health of your A/C and your manufacturer’s warranty. If your AC has just plain given up and replacement seems more likely, take a moment to read our air conditioner pricing guide.
If you would like more information or ever need expert air conditioner repair, call Hammond Plumbing & Heating 24/7/365.