Air conditioning repair costs are never a one-size-fits-all proposition. It all depends on what parts may need to be replaced, labor and the extent of the damage. Typical costs can range from $300 to over $1,000. That is why if you ask for an over-the-phone estimate, you’ll get a very wide price range. A professional HVAC company knows that the unit needs to be inspected by a skilled technician in order to give a realistic price.
The most common air conditioning repair costs are for refrigerant leaks, faulty fan motors or compressors. If there is a refrigerant leak, just adding more refrigerant will not fix the problem and you could spend a small fortune on refrigerant costs. Air conditioning units that are more than five years old are probably using R-22 refrigerant. Since the government has discontinued the production of R-22, the prices have soared. With low supply and high demand, some HVAC contractors charge from $60 to $80 per pound for R-22. If your system needs five pounds of refrigerant, it can cost up to $400. In addition, if you don’t get the leak repaired, you will likely face another bill of $400 in a couple of months. When a system is not operating properly because of a refrigerant leak, we always advise having a technician locate and repair the leak. In the long run, the air condition repair costs will be less than having to constantly add more refrigerant.
Another common problem that requires air conditioning repair is the fan motor. This is the part of the system that removes heat from the condenser. If the fan is not operating properly, the air conditioning unit will overheat, and the compressor will shut down. Air conditioning repairs for the fan motor typically range from $250 to $550. If both a new motor and capacitor are needed, the costs can be slightly more.
The compressor to any air conditioning system is similar to a car’s engine; without it, the compressor won’t cool the home at all. Common reasons for compressor failure are a poor installation or a faulty capacitor. Replacement costs and labor for installing a new capacitor are in the $300 price range. If the compressor has completely failed and needs to be replaced, costs can range anywhere from $1,500 to over $2,200. Depending on how old the unit is, it may be worth the expense to invest in a new unit than to pay for a repair of a faulty compressor.
For air conditioning repair in Sarasota, we highly recommend Aqua Plumbing & Air. The skilled and licensed technicians at this company have been serving the Sarasota and Bradenton area for over four decades. The company offers free in-home consultations for prices on installation, service or repair of all HVAC systems. The residents of Sarasota and Bradenton know that they can trust Aqua Plumbing & Air for a fair price for air conditioning repair in Sarasota. The company is so confident in the quality and skill of its technicians that it offers a 100 percent guarantee on all services.