Need an A/C repair in San Antonio? Is the cost to repair an A/C unit the first thing on your mind?
The cost to repair an AC in San Antonio ranges from $130 – $3,000, with most homeowners paying around $215.
Your repair cost will depend on these factors:
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Cost Factor #1: What Needs to Be Repaired
The A/C part that needs to be fixed determines your overall repair cost.
See, when you pay for an A/C repair, you’re paying for:
- The cost of the part (if it needs to be replaced)
- The cost of labor to repair/replace the part
To give you a rough estimate of what you could pay, we’ve listed some common A/C repairs in Texas and how much they normally cost:
- Replace condenser fan motor: $250–$800
- Replace compressor: $800–$2,500
- Replace evaporator coil: $850–$2,500
- Replace blower motor: $350–$850
- Repair circuit board: $200–$850
- Diagnose and repair refrigerant leak: $230—$1,500
- Recharge refrigerant: $250–$950
Cost Factor #2: Whether Your A/C Warranty Covers the Repair
If your unit is still under warranty, you’ll pay far less in repair costs.
Your A/C should have 2 types of warranties:
- Parts Warranty: Most manufacturers cover certain parts (normally the compressor, condenser coil, and evaporator coil) on your A/C unit 5–10 years after it’s installed, depending on the manufacturer. If you bought an extended warranty, that should increase your the warranty by at least 5 years.
- Labor Warranty: Most reliable HVAC contractors will include a labor warranty at least 1 year (sometimes up to 5 years) after installing your unit. Many will also include a guarantee on their repair work, so they might discount or remove labor fees to repair/replace the part again.
Unfortunately, manufacturers make it easy to void your limited parts warranty. Your warranty might already be void if:
- You didn’t register your unit when it was installed.
- Your tech used off-brand replacement parts (instead of parts approved by the manufacturer).
- You didn’t get your unit serviced annually by a certified professional.
- Your air conditioner was improperly installed.
How to Check If Your AC Warranty Is Valid
Cost Factor #3: The Contractor You Hire
The contractor you hire to repair your A/C determines how much you’ll pay in labor costs.
To give you an idea of what to expect, here’s how most HVAC contractors charge for their services:
- Service Call Charge: Also called a “trip charge fee” or “diagnostic fee”, this is the fee contractors charge to come to your home and figure out what’s wrong with your A/C. This charge can range anywhere from $50 to $150 (we charge $60).
- Hourly Rate: Some contractors charge by the hour for their services, normally between $75 and $150 per hour. The risk with hourly rates is that a contractor could purposely take longer to hike up your repair cost.
- Fixed Rate: If the contractor charges a fixed rate (like we do), this means they charge one flat rate to repair your A/C, no matter how long it takes.
Extra Tips that can help:
- If you have a preventative maintenance plan, you may have additional savings and an extended warranty.
- Check for coupons and discounts.
How to Choose a Quality A/C Contractor
A contractor isn’t something you want to skimp on.
Why? Well, good contractors do better work. They have the experience and know how to repair your A/C correctly, so it will last longer.
So, how do you know what to look for in an HVAC contractor? Make sure they: