It’s really hard to give you an exact number because it really depends on what needs to be repaired or replaced. We’ll give you more examples of air conditioning repair costs, below.
But first, let’s make sure you actually need an AC repair...
3 things to do before calling an AC repair company
Change your air filter
A dirty air filter suffocates your AC and results in some of the most common AC problems, like:
- AC blowing warm air
- Ice forming on air conditioner
- No/little air coming out of vents
Make sure your thermostat is set correctly
Your thermostat should be set to:
- COOL (this puts it in air conditioning mode)
- AUTO (this turns your fan on automatically when the AC turns on)
- Below your home’s current temperature
We know this sounds silly, but it happens. Every year we get at least one AC repair call where the thermostat just needed to be set correctly.
Check your air conditioner’s breaker
If there was a storm recently, the air conditioner may have tripped its breaker. Check your electrical panel and flip the breaker on if it’s off.
Note: If the breaker trips again, call an AC repairman. A breaker that keeps tripping is a sign of an underlying electrical problem. Just resetting the breaker is ignoring the problem and can cause a home fire.
The cost of 4 common AC repairs
Replace fuses or circuit breakers
What it is: The fuse protecting your air conditioner can blow or the breaker can go bad and need to be replaced.
How much it costs: $89 to $500, depending on the type of fuse or breaker. The AC tech should also check your air conditioner to make sure there’s not some underlying electrical problem that caused the fuse or breaker to go bad.
Low refrigerant charge
What it is: Your AC uses refrigerant (sometimes called by the brand name Freon) to absorb heat from your home and cool your air.
How much it costs: Just charging your air conditioner typically costs $160 to $400 (depending on how much refrigerant you need).
But if you need more refrigerant, it means you also have a leak that needs to be fixed. Refrigerant isn’t “used up” like gas in a car. Finding and fixing the leak can add another $200 to $1,500 to the repair, depending on where the leak is and how difficult it is to fix.
Bad fan motor
What it is: The air conditioning fan in your outside unit blows air over hot refrigerant lines to help cool your home. The fan motor can burn out over time.
How much it costs: About $500, but can vary depending on the model and if there are any other electrical problems that need to be fixed.
What it is: The compressor is the heart of your air conditioner. It pumps the refrigerant between your indoor and outdoor unit.
How much it costs: $1,500 to $3,000, depending on the size and type of compressor. If your compressor is bad and no longer under warranty, you may want to think about replacing the whole outside unit.
Get an upfront price on your AC repair
The best way to find the exact cost to repair your air conditioner is to schedule an appointment with an AC repair company that gives upfront prices.
At Air Experts, our process is:
- You pay a service call fee of $89 for someone to come to your home and check out the problem.
- The AC repairman checks your air conditioner, finds the problem and gives you a fixed, upfront price to do the repair before any work is done.
- If you choose to do the repair, the $89 service call fee is waived.
Live in the Jersey Shore area and need your air conditioner repaired? Contact us now.
Air Experts has been serving the air conditioning and heating needs of the entire central Jersey area since 1994.
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