How Much Does Air Conditioning Service Cost?

August 05, 2016

Not only does your AC system make you comfortable, it’s also a health necessity through the heat of summer. Unfortunately, when the chilly air suddenly isn’t blowing or your air conditioner won’t come on at all, you’re not in a position to call around for a few days.

When your air conditioning breaks down in the middle of the summer, you may not have time to shop around for different quotes or research what you can expect to pay. Not knowing how much you can expect to pay when the air conditioner service expert knocks on your door can be intimidating, so we’re here to show you some price ranges on some common services so you won’t be shocked when Winnipeg Supply Service Experts shows up to get you up and running 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 there needs to be a leak test, and what exactly requires repair, an average refrigerant leak detection and repair can cost you anywhere from $150 to $500 depending on the accessibility of the leak for the technician. If you’re not confident, always ask your air conditioner repair expert to guide you through the process and go over their findings.

AC Circuit Board Replacement

There are times when the culprit may be beyond the A/C system 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 system could cost anywhere from $450 to $1300.

Thermostat Replacement

If you’re interested in replacing your home’s thermostat, a smart wifi thermostat will normally cost more than a traditional thermostat. Depending on what kind of thermostat you decide on, you’re most likely going to end up paying anywhere between $200 and $550 to get it installed. Thanksfully, the newest thermostats might pay back their investment in energy management savings, depending on if they are programmed accordingly.

Capacitor or Contactor Replacement

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

Air Conditioning Fan Motor Replacement

Again, it’s always responsible to weigh the pros and cons of choosing to repair your current AC system versus buying an upgraded, more energy-efficient air conditioner. If replacing the fan motor is the better decision for you, a fan motor replacement could cost 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 by 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 standard repairs, such as a capacitor replacement, the company still has to process the warranty through the manufacturer so they can receive the credit on the part. Furthermore, all manufacturers require the contractor to store the part for eight to sixteen weeks and may ask the contractor return the malfunctioned part at the contractor’s cost. Greater repairs, such as a compressor, are encompassed in this process but those types of repairs have more 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.

Keep in mind that these prices are estimates and many times they can increase or decrease depending on where you live, the specific issues with your system, the age of your system, and whether or not you’ve been receiving yearly maintenance to maintain the AC’s health and your manufacturer’s warranty. If your AC is pretty much dead and replacement seems more likely, take a moment to look at our air conditioner pricing guide.

If you would like more information or ever need expert AC repair, call Winnipeg Supply Service Experts 24/7/365.

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