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What’s the Cost to Repair a Home Air Conditioner in Florida?

July 06, 2016

So your home air conditioner is busted (or at least you think it is) and your first question is, “Oh boy, how much will it cost to repair this AC?”

In Florida, an AC repair costs $160 to $550 on average. Of course it can get as high as $1,800+.

The cost varies based on a combination of these factors:

  1. What’s broken
  2. Your warranties
  3. How the technician charges
  4. Quality of the technician

Let’s dive deeper into these factors so you’ll know what to expect.

Cost factor #1: What’s broken

It’s embarrassing for homeowners but sometimes nothing at all is broken. The the problem may be just a dirty air filter or a tripped circuit breaker. In these cases, a technician will typically only charge you the diagnosis/trip fee ($59-$79+).

But let’s assume something actually is broken. Common AC problems and their costs include:

  • Replacing a compressor: $1350-$1800+ (depends on size of unit)
  • Replace the evaporator coil: $900-$1800+ (depends on size of unit)
  • Detect and repair a refrigerant leak: $225-$1,600+
  • Recharge refrigerant: $160-$400+ (depends on pounds of refrigerant needed)
  • Replacing a circuit board: $120-$600+
  • Installing a compressor hard start kit: $100-$250+
  • Replacing a capacitor or contactor: $90-$400+
  • Condensing unit fan motor replacement: $100-$300+
  • Condensate pump replacement: $90-$250+

Of course, these prices will vary based on the other 3 factors.

Cost factor #2: Your warranties

Manufacturer warranty

Most ACs comes with a 10-year manufacturer warranty that covers the cost of the parts in case of a repair.

Keep in mind 3 things:

  1. Your warranty may not cover the particular broken part, so read your warranty carefully.
  2. Your warranty will be void if you have not had annual professional maintenance done.
  3. Don't assume that your heating contractor will check your warranty. Find out by calling the manufacturer's customer support number with the model number, serial number, and date of installation

Labor warranty

If you’ve had the AC repaired recently, you may have a labor warranty that covers replacing the part that’s broken now.

For example, let’s say you had a technician replace the fan motor less than a month ago, and it’s broken again. You may have a labor warranty on that part. In that case, you won’t have to pay the labor cost. Cost factor #3: How the technician charges

Cost factor #3: How the technician charges

AC technicians charge their services in one of two ways:

  • Hourly billing—The technician will give you an estimate for how much the repair will cost, but you won’t know the exact cost until the job is done. In which case, a job that takes longer than expected will cost more.
  • Flat-rate price—Once the technician diagnosed the problem, they can give you a price upfront. 

Make sure you ask which pricing method they use so you know what to expect.

Cost factor #4: Quality of the technician

A high-quality, experienced tech will cost more than a low-quality, inexperienced tech. No surprise there.

While you may be tempted to hire the cheaper tech, keep these issues in mind:

  • A cheaper tech may use low quality, off brand parts, which will quickly break down. And if they didn’t offer a labor warranty, you’ll pay way more in the long run for the multiple repairs. Not to mention you’ll pay the price of taking your time to call and wait around for a technician to arrive over and over again.
  • A cheaper tech may try to get you with a bait and switch. In other words, they sell you on the cheap repair, but then say, “Looks like you need a new system,” when you actually don’t.

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