Air Conditioning Repair Cost
Picture it: the summer sun is beating down on your home, so you turn to your AC unit to deliver cool, comfortable relief from the heat. But when you flick the switch, the system does nothing. This moment can induce panic as you wonder how you are going to get through the heatwave without this much-needed service, and you may start to wonder exactly how much money it is going to cost you to repair the unit.
At On Time Home Services, we are frequently asked how much Air conditioning repair will cost. This simple question requires a complex answer, as there are many moving parts in your unit, any of which that can fail to cause the problem you are facing. However, by understanding the way your unit works in the context of the symptoms you are struggling with, you can easily begin to assess exactly what the repair may cost you.
Signs that You Need a Professional AC Repair
While a complete breakdown of your AC unit is a very obvious sign that you need a professional technician to come out and repair or replace the system, there are many signs and symptoms that you can use to identify an issue before it becomes a bigger problem. On Time Home Services sees a variety of common problems that, when dealt with sooner, will allow you to avoid the excessive costs of a complete replacement.
If your AC is not delivering consistent cooling across all areas of your home, or you are noticing that warm air or no air at all is being generated by your system, then this is a sure sign that a professional technician is required. In addition, if the compressor is turning on and off rapidly, a repair is required immediately so that the compressor does not become damaged. If the compressor is not running at all, then this points to an electrical issue that can range from simple to complex to fix.
If you are experiencing discomfort in your home due to your AC not reaching the appropriate temperature because of any of the above issues, then you can count on On Time Home Services to perform the proper repair in order to restore harmony in your home. Our robust diagnostic process will quickly identify the source of the issue in order for efficient repair to be made.
Breakdown of Repair Costs for AC Components
There are a lot of moving parts within your AC unit. Depending on where the problem is arising from, the cost for repair is going to vary greatly. Here, we take you through the different components of your AC and outline the general cost for repairs to each.
In order to determine exactly what the problem is with your AC unit, your technician will need to perform an initial diagnosis. You can expect to pay a flat hourly fee for this service, which may range from $50-$150 before any work is performed.
Refrigerant is used in your AC unit to absorb the warmth from the air, turning hot air into the cool, comfortable air that is delivered across your home. Your AC should not lose refrigerant, but if it does, it can lead to serious, more expensive issues. The two main types of refrigerants used today are Freon (R-22) and Puron (R410A). Freon is now falling out of favor in preference for the more environmentally friendly Puron.
Recharging the refrigerant can cost anywhere from $200 to $800 depending on the type that is used. However, if you have a leak, then repair costs for the damage can rise to up to $2000.
Ducts deliver the cold air generated by the compressor to all of the areas of your home. The ducts are usually placed within the walls and sometimes in the ceiling space, so when they require repair or replacement due to damage, the costs are generally higher. Replacing ductwork costs up to $50 per linear foot when labor and material costs are accounted for, and a whole-home replacement will see you spending $2,000 to $5,000 depending on the length of the existing ducts and the size of your home.
The condenser is the outdoor part of your AC system and is responsible for the heat transfer that makes your AC functional. When damaged, you will experience no cool air at all, requiring immediate repair. If the electricity source for the condenser is hindered by a blown fuse, this can be a simple and very inexpensive fix. However, if the problem is with the condenser itself, you can expect to pay up to $2,000 for the installation of a replacement.
If your AC is not reaching the low temperatures that you are expecting, then you may have a problem with your compressor. This part of the system controls the temperature and ensures the proper pressure of the refrigerant. Depending on the type of AC unit you have in your home, repair costs for the compressor can range from $300 to $1,500 or more.
Without a properly working thermostat, you have no way to control the temperature levels in your home. Older systems may have an analog dial thermostat, while newer models may feature a digital LED style. Your technician can ensure that your thermostat is calibrated properly as part of a service schedule, however, replacement of a faulty thermostat may see you spending up to $300 depending on the type.
The blower motor is responsible for ensuring that the cold air generated by your AC unit is pushed through the ducts of your home. If this part is faulty, then a repair is necessary. A simple repair can cost you around $150, but if a replacement is required, expect to pay around $500. If the blower motor is the reason that your AC is not working, then complete replacement of this part can cost $1,500.
The pressure sensor is an essential part of your AC unit, detecting when your AC refrigerant is low and turning off the system for recharge. This component of your AC unit is essential for maintaining the safe usage of the entire system. Repairing the pressure sensor can cost around $50, but if a replacement is required then the cost will rise to around $400.
Clogged Drain Lines
As heat is removed from the air, condensation forms and needs to be drained. The drain lines remove this excess condensation from the system in order to ensure that the unit can run properly. Over time, the drain lines can become clogged and this will impede the proper function of your system. Unclogging these lines can be a quick fix, and will cost you around $150.
As with any other electrical appliance in your home, your AC features a circuit board that ensures the proper delivery of electricity to the moving parts of the system. If you have experienced a power surge, or the system has been working harder than usual, you may find that the circuit board will fail. Depending on the type of AC unit you have in your home, a new circuit board can cost between $150 to $700. If the capacitor, which stores the electricity, requires replacement, then this will cost up to $500.
The evaporator coil is responsible for housing the refrigerant, and this essential component works hard to remove the heat from the air while the AC unit is in use. There are many issues that can occur that can impede the function of the evaporator, such as a build-up of grime on the coil, to total freezing of the component due to low refrigerant. Your technician will clean the evaporator coil as part of your regular maintenance service, but if this part fails completely, you can expect to pay around $700 to $1,300 for a new one to be fitted.
All of the water collected from the hot air that is pushed through your AC unit has to go somewhere, and the condensate pump is responsible for moving it through the drain lines. When this part fails, water will build up and the unit’s capacity to function is severely impacted. The repair of the condensate pump typically costs between $200 and $500.
Do Not Put Off Repairing Your AC Unit
On Time Home Services recommends calling our team of certified technicians at the very first sign of a problem with your AC. Not only will you be able to reduce the strain on your system and reduce the risk of paying thousands of dollars for a replacement, but you can actually increase the efficiency of your system so that you will save money over time.
On Time provides service across Southern California, including the regions of Temecula, Murrieta, Menifee, Lake Elsinore, and Winchester, Our affordable maintenance and tune-up packages will allow you to identify any problems even when you are experiencing no symptoms. Call our team at (951) 292-0200 to discuss your options.
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