Nothing can be more annoying than finding out that your air conditioner is broken during the summer. The next thing that you will probably think of is having your unit repaired, but you may ask those around you how much it would cost to have it fixed. That’s pretty normal for most households since air conditioner maintenance is not something that people do every day. It is important to do your research before getting someone to fix it, especially if it’s your first time to hire one.
Is air conditioner repair really expensive?
Not all repair jobs are expensive. Some could be, but others can also be affordable or sometimes even free. There are various types of air conditioners and there are lots of things that can cause system breakdowns. According to most HVAC technicians, compressor replacement should range from $1350 to $1800, depending on types and variables. Condensed pump replacement would play around $80 to $250, getting a cased or uncased evaporator coil costs about $425 to $900 and servicing an outdoor condensing unit fan motor ranges from approximately $200 to $625. Of course, these air conditioning repair costs may change depending on the severity of the problem and based on the company’s overhead pricing.
How would I know if I am getting a good deal?
If it’s your first time to have your air conditioner checked, look for contractors around your area and ask how much it would cost you to have your unit fixed. Most of them would do free checkups, so you can gauge how much the average market rate is. If someone asks more than 20% of the average market price, it’s best to look around for other options because chances are, you are being overpriced. For instance, if the market price for new thermostat replacement costs about $80 to $270, then it would be unreasonable to give $500 for it. You would also know that you’re getting a good deal if the technician offers to check your unit after the job has been done, to ensure that everything is working fine. If a technician is does not offer warranty after fixing your unit, he may not be offering great services after all. Only deal with a licensed HVAC technician to ensure that your air conditioner is in good hands.