How to estimate air conditioner repair costs

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Air conditioner repair costs vary according to a number of factors, including where you...

Air conditioner repair costs vary according to a number of factors, including where you live, whether your air conditioner remains under warranty and the age of the unit. Consider the following when estimating your air conditioner repair costs.

Brand name

The more recognizable your air conditioner's brand name, the more likely the parts required for repair are available at a relatively moderate cost. If your AC unit was made by a manufacturer that is no longer in business or by a small, not widely known company, the parts may be difficult to find. Therefore, they will be more expensive.

Structural problems

Some air conditioners are found to run less efficiently owing to poor-quality duct work in a home. Ask your HVAC technician to perform a duct-leakage test to determine whether your duct work is the problem. If this is the case, expect to pay roughly $25 to $35 per vent to have duct work sealed. New insulated pipes run about $100 each.

Fuel type

Your HVAC system may cost more or less to repair depending on the type of fuel it uses to operate. Electrical units are cheapest to repair, while natural gas and propane systems are the most expensive. Oil-fired HVAC systems fall somewhere in the middle. The range in price reflects the different tools, materials and skills required for different fuel types.

The role of the thermostat

The thermostat connected to your air conditioner may be malfunctioning, causing problems with your HVAC performance. If this is the case, repair prices will depend on whether the issue involves simply replacing a fuse, which is relatively inexpensive, to replacing the entire thermostat, which can cost from about $65 to more than $200.

Air conditioner age

Older systems tend to cost more to repair than newer systems, with repairs averaging more than $10 more with units that are eight years old or older. If your system is more than eight years old, it might be cheaper in the long run to replace it than to continue to have it repaired.

For help repairing or evaluating your air conditioner, contact a local Atlanta HVAC specialist.

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