How much will it cost to fix my home air conditioner?
The average cost for an air conditioner repair in the United States is $300—$400, but this varies widely depending on what is wrong with the unit as well as the brand of your unit, and could be upwards of $2,000.
Some of the most frequent repairs that need to be performed on AC units are:
Air Conditioner Compressor Repair
Your AC compressor is the “heart” of your air conditioner. It pressurizes and circulates the refrigerant throughout your system. It is a complex component involving refrigerant, a motor, and an electrical system, so it should only be handled by a certified technician. If you notice that your AC is constantly running, but your home isn’t cool; your energy bill is higher than usual; there’s ice on your refrigerant coils; or hear hissing or bubbling noises coming from your AC system, you may have a problem with your compressor. Compressors are an expensive part of your AC to fix, so if you suspect a problem, act quickly to catch it early.
- The cost to replace a compressor is around $2,000.
Air Conditioner Fan Repair
AC units have two fans. The evaporator fan blows cool air throughout your ductwork and into your home. The condenser fan blows the hot air outside. Common fan problems include loose or bent blades, damaged motors, or belt issues.
- Cost to repair fan motor – $300 to $650
- The cost to replace a condenser coil (located on the outer unit, where warm air blows out of your home) — $2,000 to $3,000
Air Conditioner Refrigerant Leaks
Refrigerant leaks are one of the most common problems that air conditioners develop, but they are difficult to notice without maintenance. If leaks aren’t caught early, they can lead to several more serious problems for your AC unit, including burning out your compressor.
- Cost to repair a refrigerant leak – $200 to $1,200
Air Conditioner Drain Line Maintenance
Your air conditioner dehumidifies your home by pulling water from the air. The removed water is collected in drain pans, then is pumped through the condensate drain line to the part of your AC unit outside of your home.
- Cost to replace condensate drain line – $20 to $30
- Cost to replace condensate drain pump – $250 to $450
- Cost to replace drain pans – $250 to $600
- Cost to flush drain line – $75 to $250
Air Conditioner Electrical Component Repair
Your air conditioner requires a set of complex electrical components to keep it running smoothly. Electrical repairs should not be attempted by anyone other than a certified technician and are among the most common air conditioner problems.
- Cost to repair or replace breakers, relays, or fuses – $70 to $300
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Just like you, your air conditioner needs its annual checkup. By scheduling an AC checkup, you can increase the lifespan of your HVAC system and catch small problems before they become big ones, thereby saving you money. Annual checkups and preventative maintenance ensure that your HVAC unit is working efficiently, which will also lower your monthly utility bills throughout the summer.
It is a good idea to get your AC serviced during the spring, before you need to turn it on and when maintenance technicians are less busy, but it’s never too late to get your AC checkup. Early summer is still a good time to have a skilled technician inspect your home’s air conditioner. Getting your AC cleaned and having necessary tune-ups done early in the season will ensure that you stay cool all summer.
Preventative maintenance for an air conditioner will involve the inspection of all aspects of your cooling system for potential problems and making adjustments to calibrate your system. Small maintenance issues can be taken care of during the annual checkup, and if a larger problem is caught, a separate repair can be scheduled.
During your AC’s annual checkup, your AirPlus technician can:
- Check refrigerant level and pressure. Low refrigerant level can indicate a leak, which can ultimately burn out your compressor, a costly repair. Incorrect refrigerant pressure can damage other components of your system.
- Check electrical components. Electrical malfunctions are the most common cause of AC repairs. During your AC’s checkup, technicians can check that electrical components are operating at the correct energy levels and tighten electrical connections if necessary.
- Clean evaporator and condenser coils to make sure your unit can properly absorb and release heat is working efficiently and cooling effectively.
- Lubricate motors and other moving parts to reduce stress and increase the lifespan of the motors.
- Calibrate the thermostat to ensure that it’s reading temperatures correctly.
- Check the condenser for problems and prevent potential leaks.
- Clean, check, and replace filters if necessary. A dirty air filter can cause a number of issues like insufficient cooling, excessive water leakage, and low airflow.