Maintaining a working air conditioner is essential to the quality of your life, especially during the summer months.
If you need an air conditioner repair, it’s best to be knowledgeable about the issues with your unit and the average AC repair costs so you can make an informed decision.
This blog will serve as your guide to AC repair costs so you can refer to it as needed this summer, or in the future.
The Role Repair Type Plays On AC Repair Cost
The type of repair you need for your air conditioner unit can vary widely from repairing a refrigerant leak to replacing a compressor.
Prices can range from a simple inexpensive drain tube replacement to a more comprehensive project, such as a condenser coil replacement.
Being knowledgeable about the repair will allow you to make the best choice when getting your unit fixed.
To have an HVAC company look at your unit to determine the problem can be relatively inexpensive, with the cost peaking during the summer months when these services are needed most.
Below you will find some of the most common repairs and the associated AC repair cost range.
Refrigerant Leak or Recharge
For your AC unit to work at optimal levels, you want your refrigerant charge to match the manufacturer’s specifications. If your refrigerant is leaking, it’s not enough to just add more. You want to fix the leak and then recharge the system with the correct refrigerant levels.
If your unit needs to be recharged, this can increase the cost significantly.
Compressors, Coils, & Fans
You want to be sure to replace your filters regularly and clean the coils and area around your unit. Otherwise, you might need to make costly repairs to your compressors, coils, or fans.
The cost to replace a compressor is going to be more expensive than repairing a motor fan, while replacing a condenser coil can be a more expensive task. You should always get a quote from your plumbing professional before trying to do anything yourself.
Condensate Drain Tube & Pump
The condensate pump pumps the water produced by the HVAC unit. Having a working pump reduces potential maintenance issues.
Drain Pan & Drain Line
An air conditioner unit drip pan sits beneath the system’s evaporator coils and collects the moisture that drips from them. Without a drip pan, water would drop on the system and cause damage. The drip pan connects to your AC unit’s condensate drain line which drains water from the pan out of your home or into another drain.
Breaker, Relay, or Fuse
There are times when you might have electrical issues with your AC unit. This can range from a blown fuse to a breaker that keeps tripping.
You might even find that the issue isn’t with your unit, but instead that your thermostat has malfunctioned.
Reducing AC Repair Costs
One of the best ways to reduce the costs associated with repairing your air conditioner is to be sure you’re maintaining it properly.
Here are a few AC maintenance tips to keep in mind.
Schedule Routine Maintenance
Just as your vehicle needs consistent maintenance to run correctly, your HVAC system requires the same regular care.
An annual AC check-up may seem like an unnecessary cost, but investing in this service can save you thousands of dollars and days of uncomfortable temperatures in your home.
Change Your Filter
Your AC unit has a filter that should be changed monthly. When you allow the filter to get clogged up, your unit has to work harder which can lead to damage over time.
AC filters are relatively inexpensive, and a quick and easy way to keep your unit operating correctly.
Clear The Space Around Your Unit
It’s easy for grass, sticks, leaves, and other items to gather around your AC unit, and just as a dirty filter can make your unit run harder, so can a unit surrounded by debris and other household items. When you replace your filter each month, make sure the area surrounding it is clear.
Only Use What’s Needed
Don’t run your unit more than needed. If you’re out of the house during the day or going out of town for an extended period, turn your AC to a higher temperature, so it is not working unnecessarily.
The less your unit works when it’s not needed, the better it should perform over time.
Estimating AC Repair Costs & How To Prevent System Malfunctions
The time to ensure that your AC unit is running correctly is before it needs repairs.
So, whether you need to schedule an annual check-up or your unit has completely stopped working, you can contact us at Carroll Plumbing Heating & Cooling to help you keep your home cool this summer.
At Carroll Plumbing, we even offer 24/7 emergency AC repair if your unit stops functioning properly outside of our traditional working hours.