Average cost for A/C Specialists ranges from
$120-$150

How Much Should I Expect to Pay a Technician?

If your air conditioning or heating system is not working properly, you should contact a technician and have it looked at. Obviously, if it’s mid-winter and you live in a cold city like Boston, Providence RI, Connecticut, New York, you must  call a technician the instant your heating fails you. Letting a problem go unchecked can cause greater damage, raise your utility bills, and in some cases release dangerous chemicals into your home.

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How much does air conditioning repair cost?

Heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) experts have the necessary training, skills and certification to install, maintain and repair a central air-conditioning system in your home, multi-unit building or office. Professionals should also be able to troubleshoot or repair standalone AC units installed in windows or other parts of a home or office.

1. Flat rate. Most HVAC technicians will charge a flat rate just to come to your home and examine your HVAC system.

2. Expertise. A more experienced technician with a good reputation may charge more than a less experienced one.

3. Timing . A weekend, holiday, or evening visit will be more expensive than a weekday or regular working hour visit.

Depending on these variables, the base price of a service call can be anywhere from $40 to $250. Be aware that in some cases, the HVAC technician might discover that the problem is an electrical one and will need to contact an electrician. However, the HVAC technician will almost always expect payment for his time and diagnosis.

In addition to the service fee, you’ll also have to factor in the cost of labor and parts. Some repairs, such as fixing a refrigerant leak, will cost anywhere between $200 and $1,500. Smaller problems like fuses and circuit breakers will run between $50 and $200. Depending on the HVAC model you have, a new thermostat can cost between $80 and $300.

Additionally, you can also contact an HVAC technician for routine maintenance checkups and filter replacements. Your HVAC technician may offer a yearly rate which includes two or three pre-paid visits at a discounted fee.

Why Hire a Professional

Most homeowners do not know too much about their HVAC system. Even the most enthusiastic DIYers often find central air and heating systems a bit beyond their reach. Tampering with an HVAC system when you have no experience can lead to further damage or potential injury. Therefore, it’s best to leave these types of problems up to the pros. In addition to having the knowledge and tools to repair your HVAC system, a professional will usually be familiar with the newest products and techniques, and know ways to save you money.

Leaks

The cost to detect and repair a refrigerant leak could cost anywhere from $225–$1,000 or more, depending on the extent of the problem. Water leaks can also occur, and repair costs vary depending on the cause and extent of the leak.

Clogged drain line

Sometimes the line running from the condenser to the drain gets clogged. Clearing it should not cost more than $150 unless there are extenuating circumstances.

Tuneups

Most AC repair companies can perform a routine system check and tuneup for $125–$200.  cautions customers to be wary of very low quotes (less than $50, for example) for this service. Such low prices are often too good to be true and may come with surprise add-on costs.

Component replacements

When components can’t be repaired, they may need to be replaced. Here are the parts of an AC system that most often require replacement and average prices for each, with variations based on a system’s manufacturer and the cost of parts:

  • Circuit board: $120–$600
  • Capacitor: $100–$400
  • Thermostat: $100–$300
  • Condensing fan motor: $400–$500
  • Compressor: $1,000 and up

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Cost-saving strategies

The best way to keep an AC system working properly and to avoid making the system work too hard is to change the filter once month, as recommended by the manufacturer. Keeping the filter clean can also help lower utility bills. In addition, the condenser coils should be kept clean and free of debris.

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