Not only does air conditioning keep you comfortable, it’s also crucial for your health through the dog days of summer. As a result, when the cool air suddenly isn’t blowing or your air conditioner won’t turn on at all, you’re not able to shop around for more than a couple days.
When your air conditioner goes out in the heat of the summer, you don’t always have time to look around for different quotes or research what you can expect to pay. Not being sure how much it may cost when the air conditioner service tech arrives can be intimidating, so we’re here to provide several price ranges on some standard services so you won’t be surprised when Sunbeam Service Experts 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 how accessible the leak is, whether or not it requires a leak test, and what precisely needs to be repaired, a regular refrigerant leak detection and repair can end up costing anywhere from $150 to $500 depending on how accessible the leak is for the technician. If you’re feeling uneasy, you can ask your air conditioner repair expert to show you his or her process and review their findings.
AC Circuit Board Replacement
At times the culprit may be beyond the A/C system itself and the circuit board may need to be replaced. Depending on the make and model of you’re A/C system, a new circuit board for your system could be priced anywhere from $450 to $1300.
If you’re interested in replacing your home’s thermostat, a smart wifi thermostat will normally cost more than a traditional thermostat. Depending on the type of thermostat you choose, you’re probably going to pay anywhere between $200 and $550 to install a new one. Luckily, the newer 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 want 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 two of the most standard for your air conditioner.
Air Conditioning Fan Motor Replacement
Again, it’s always responsible to assess the pros and cons of paying to repair your current air conditioner versus purchasing an upgraded, more energy-efficient air conditioner. If replacing this part is the better decision for you, a fan motor replacement could cost between $500 and $1200.
NOTE: Part repair under warranty
A common confusion is that if there is a part that needs to be replaced, that it is covered through the manufacturer’s equipment warranty; however, there are many other costs that may not be covered through the warranty that will be your responsibility. Even with common repairs, such as a capacitor replacement, the company still has to process this warranty through the manufacturer so they can obtain the credit on the part. Additionally, all manufacturers instruct the contractor to keep the part for 60-120 days and may make the contractor return the failed part at the contractor’s cost. Larger repairs, such as a compressor, are encompassed in this process but these bigger repairs have more supplies and materials required (i.e. refrigerant, copper fittings, etc.) that are not covered under the Original Equipment Manufacturer warranty. If you don’t have a labor warranty you will continuously have to pay out-of-pocket for the technician’s labor.
Always understand 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 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 unit has just plain given up and replacement is more likely, take a moment to look at our air conditioner pricing guide.
If you want to find out more or ever need expert air conditioning repair, call Sunbeam Service Experts 24/7/365.