How much will it cost to repair my air conditioner?
We know that getting your A/C repaired can be a scary process, mostly due to the unknown cost. It’s hard to know the cost of an air conditioner repair until we know what is broken. An incorrect diagnosis can mean wasting time and money chasing the wrong problem.
Servicing or repairing your air conditioner should be pleasant and straightforward. With Watkins, here’s how it works:
Let’s start with a Diagnosis
We have to start with a thorough diagnostic by a NATE certified technician. Our diagnostic charge is a flat $89, which includes travel and as much time as needed to identify the problem and give you a fair, upfront, written price to fix it. Keep in mind that the diagnostic rates are no indicator of repair rates. Some HVAC contractors offer super low diagnostic rates of $69 or $39 just to get a foot in the door. Some even give the diagnostic for free with a repair. This virtually guarantees very high repair rates.
Prices for Common Air Conditioner Repairs
++ Explain “honest pricing” Some companies have simplified their pricebook to group all similar costs into one price. This might look like $750 for any motor.
This incomplete list is only intended to be a guide. Prices many vary if your system requires OEM parts. This is only a small representation of our part-specific, Honest Pricing. Since our goal is to earn referrals and make customers for life, our service calls are free of high-pressure sales, gimmicks, and hidden fees.
|Recharge air conditioner, R22, 1st pound
|Recharge air conditioner, R22, each additional
|Recharge air conditioner, R410a, 1st pound
|Recharge air conditioner, R410a, each additional
|Electronic Refrigerant Leak Search (varies with unit location)
|Replace thermostat – basic non-programmable||$150|
|Replace typical condenser fan motor||$376 – $453|
|Replace typical evaporator coil (non-OEM)
|Replace typical 2-pole contactor||$165.82|
|Replace typical dual run capacitor
* R-22 is currently being phased out by the EPA. Prices are very unstable and supplies are limited. Please call for updated pricing. If your A/C uses R-22 consider replacing it soon.
ˆ Evaporator coil price does not include additional refrigerant.
Starting 09/27/10, our expanded regular service hours are 8am to 7pm Mon-Fri. If you call after hours, rest assured that we always have service technicians available, day and night, weekends and holidays.
Our overtime charge is just an extra $40 Mon-Sat and $80 on Sundays & Holidays, and the repairs are still billed at regular rates. (Our diagnostic fee still applies)
No one likes paying more than they should, so we did our research here. Some companies offer after-hours service for no extra charge, but their regular rates are higher than our overtime rates. They actually charge overtime rates during regular hours!
We use fair overtime pricing that simply reflects the extra costs of compensating a technician for working late on a cold night or holiday.
Click here to learn about our refreshingly honest repair process.