How much will it cost to repair my air conditioner?
We know that getting your AC 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. Because we strive to make customers for life and earn referrals, our service calls are free of gimmicks, hidden fees, and high-pressure sales.
Honest Pricing for Common Air Conditioner Repairs
Honest Pricing forms one of the foundations of our service strategy. Today many companies have simplified their service pricing by grouping all similar repairs into seven prices on a single page. For instance, they charge the same price for all motors or circuit boards, regardless of the original cost of the part or of the manufacturer. Some brands have more expensive parts and high-end air conditioners can be more complicated and difficult to repair. Why should you pay for a repair based on an expensive air conditioner when yours is basic and the parts are inexpensive? Our Honest Pricing is always based on the exact parts for YOUR cooling system, not an inflated, oversimplified price to cover all air conditioners.
AC Repair Price List
This small representation of our part-specific, Honest Pricing is only intended to be a guide. Prices many vary if your system requires OEM parts. Our full price book has many pages just for circuit boards with prices ranging from $235 to over $920 based on your specific model number. Why pay $920 when your system uses the $235 board? Call Watkins for Great People and Honest Pricing! You can see the HVAC pricing list for other common cooling services.
|Recharge air conditioner, R22, 1st pound||$126.72*|
|Recharge air conditioner, R22, each additional||$95.82|
|Recharge air conditioner, R410a, 1st pound||$76.36|
|Recharge air conditioner, R410a, each additional||$42.37|
|Electronic Refrigerant Leak Search (varies with unit location)||$90-260|
|Replace thermostat – basic non-programmable||$150|
|Replace typical condenser fan motor||$376 – $453|
|Replace typical evaporator coil (non-OEM)||$1290.88ˆ|
|Replace typical 2-pole contactor||$165.82|
|Replace typical dual run capacitor||$149.65|
* 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. Check our blog for the cause of evaporator coil leaks.
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.
BBB ECLIPSE AWARD
After two-years of reviewing and refining our processes, the Dayton BBB awarded us with the Eclipse Award for Integrity in the 21-70 employee category.
TRANE COMFORT SPECIALIST SINCE 1999
In 1999, Trane started a program to spotlight dealers with a deep commitment to customer service, continuing education, and excellence in business development and selected Watkins as Charter Members. Now with nearly 20 years in the program, we are among the most experienced Trane dealers.
BEST PLACES WORK WINNER
Our employee engagement survey placed us among to best companies in Dayton. We believe this is because we work with Great People, provide career training, and foster strong family values.
How can you be sure a technician knows his stuff? Look for the NATE badge! NATE tests our HVAC technicians to certify the highest level of technical expertise.
C12 GROUP MEMBER SINCE 2008
Christian CEOs building great businesses for a greater purpose.
GREEN BUSINESS OF THE YEAR 2014
Our commitment to environment responsibility earned a great recognition from the Springboro Chamber of Commerce in 2014. Our green efforts include our solar-powered headquarters in Springboro, a growing fleet of hybrid service trucks, an ever increasing recycling program, and close partnerships with our local utilities to extend rebate programs to our customers.