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How Much Does It Cost to Repair an AC?

Is your air conditioner giving you trouble? From a lack of airflow to strange noises and odors, there are many signs that can tell you something is wrong. By scheduling an AC repair, you can fix the issue, boost the AC's cooling capabilities, and help beat the Arizona heat.

So, how much does an AC repair cost? A repair can set you back anywhere from $100 to $1,200+, with most repairs averaging around $400. To determine the exact cost, you'll need to consider the following:

Keep reading to learn more about these different factors and how they influence AC repair costs.

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Severity of Repairs Needed

The first factor to consider is the severity of the repair. Many common repair problems, such as clogged filters or blown fuses, are relatively easy and inexpensive to fix. However, more complex repairs will be more costly. These include refrigerant leaks, blown motors, and broken parts (such as a broken compressor, condenser coil, or evaporator coil). Not only do these repairs require replacement parts, but they may also need more labor hours.

Age and Condition of Your AC

In addition to the type of repair, consider the age and condition of your air conditioner. Older air conditioners are more likely to have outdated parts, which can be harder (and more expensive) to replace. Further, older ACs are more likely to experience breakdowns, leading to increased repair needs.

Similarly, you may face higher costs if you have a poorly maintained air conditioner. Lack of maintenance increases the risk of significant, complex repairs, which are more costly to resolve. You can help prevent many of these issues by scheduling annual maintenance.

Warranty Status

Your warranty status plays a key role in your total AC repair costs. The main one to consider is your parts warranty, which helps protect against manufacturer defects. If a certain component stops working, your AC manufacturer may be required to cover at least part of the cost. Most parts warranties last between 5 and 10 years, and they generally require you to receive annual maintenance to stay in effect. If you're unsure what your warranty status is, contact your AC manufacturer.

The second warranty to consider is your labor warranty. Offered by the company that performed the installation, it helps cover the labor needed for the repair. This warranty is generally only valid for one or two years.

The HVAC Contractor You Hire

The last factor to consider is your HVAC contractor. While inexperienced technicians may be less expensive, they're also more likely to deliver low-quality work. Not to mention, many charge for repeat labor. So, it's generally worth investing more money in an experienced, skilled contractor. By working with a reputable company, you help ensure the job gets done correctly the first time.

When to Replace Your AC Instead

Oftentimes, AC problems are fixed with a repair (many of which can be completed the very same day). However, you might need an AC replacement in more severe cases. Here are some situations in which it makes more sense to replace your AC:

  • Your air conditioner is old: On average, most air conditioners last between 15 and 20 years before they stop working entirely. If your AC is over 10 years old and needs significant repairs, it's typically more cost-effective to replace it.
  • Your repair needs are frequent/costly: Frequent repairs are a sign that you need a new air conditioner. You should also consider the costs, especially if your warranties are expired. As a general rule of thumb, you should replace your AC if the repair costs are over half the cost of a new unit.
  • Your cooling needs are unfulfilled: An AC that's the wrong size or wasn't installed properly won't meet your cooling needs. As a result, you might need a replacement.

While an AC replacement requires a greater upfront investment, it can save money over time by reducing repair needs and energy costs.

Schedule Your AC Repair With Comfort Experts

If you're dealing with poor airflow, loud noise, leaks, or any other AC issue, contact Comfort Experts for a speedy AC repair. Our NATE-certified professionals pride themselves on delivering same-day service that exceeds expectations. We also waive diagnostic fees and promise a 100% satisfaction guarantee on every repair.