How Much Does It Cost to Repair an Air Conditioner?

When your home’s air conditioner kicks the dust, you are probably nervous to even ask how much it might cost to replace it— so you look into getting it repaired. Air conditioner repairs can be one of the more costly home service repairs, but depending on what you need done, can be very worth it to buy you a few more years out of your system.

So, how much does it cost to repair an air conditioner? On average, you can expect to pay anywhere between $100 and $1,000, but that number can climb for more major repairs. This guide will help you determine how much your ac repairs might be so you can plan ahead and know what to expect.

Air Conditioner Repair Cost Guide

As we stated, the costs of your air conditioner repairs can swing one way or the other depending on the type of the repair and the extent of repairs.

AC Repair Cost by Unit Type

There are a few different types of air conditioner units, from extra large HVAC systems to your classic window unit— all working to achieve the same result— a nice cool home. In the summer months, when we’re dealing with Minnesota’s brutal humidity, having a working AC unit is absolutely vital. So when it goes down, you’re going to want to get repairs ASAP. Box fans can only help so much.

But first, it’s important to know which kind of unit you have so you can anticipate the costs for repairs.

small window air conditioner with lower costs

Window Unit: $50-$200

Portable Unit: $75-$250

Swamp Cooler: $100-$500

Central Air Conditioning: $100-$700

Geothermal: $200-$750

HVAC Package: $300-$600

Ductless Mini-Split System: $750-$1,000

Costs by the Type of Repair

Once you know what type of unit you have and can prepare for the cost, it’s time to look into the different types of repairs and what they’ll cost on average.

Air filter: $75–$200

Blower motor: $100–$200

Drain clog: $100–$200

Thermostat: $100–$500

Circuit board: $200–$300

Coil: $200–$500

model of air conditioner parts for assessing cost

Expansion valve: $250–$400

Capacitor: $300–$450

Condenser: $450–$600

Fan motor: $550–$700

Ductwork: $500–$1,300

Compressor: $550–$1,250

Freon leaks: $350–$1,500

Other Costs to Consider

In addition to these repair costs, there are a few other things to consider when budgeting for your air conditioner repairs.

  1. Labor: Depending on the job and company, you can expect labor costs to cost anywhere from $50–$150 per hour.
  2. Replacement parts: In some cases, it might be more cost-effective to replace the entire unit, instead of expensive repair parts.
  3. Permits: Some states or cities require permits when installing a new AC unit.

No matter what the cost is, it’s important to make sure your home’s air conditioner is in good working order— especially during the hot summer months.

Signs Your AC Needs Repair

Before you can decide how much to budget for your air conditioner repair, you first have to determine if it needs repairs in the first place. Some of the common signs that your AC is on its last legs include:

  • Strange noises coming from the unit
  • Uneven temperatures throughout your home
  • Lack of airflow
  • Unusual odors coming from the AC unit
  • High utility bills

If you are experiencing any of these issues, it’s important to call a professional HVAC technician to assess the situation. They will be able to tell you what repairs need to be done and give an estimate as far as cost is concerned.

When to Repair vs. Replace Your Air Conditioner

couple looking up air conditioner repair on tablet

If the cost of your air conditioner repair is too high, you may want to consider replacing your unit instead. Generally, if you have an older system and it needs expensive repairs, it may be more cost-effective to replace the unit. However, if your AC isn’t that old and only needs a minor repair here or there, you should lean towards just repairing the unit instead of replacing it.

With the average cost of central AC installation costing between $3,000 and $6,000 or more, it sometimes may seem cost-effective to make repairs, but if your repair costs are inching towards that $3,000 mark altogether, it could be worthwhile to invest in a new system that will last longer and be more efficient. Some signs you might want to consider replacing your AC include:

  • Consistently high energy bills, even after making a repair.
  • You experience moisture and humidity issues.
  • Your AC unit is old (over 20 years).
  • Your AC just can’t cool your house no matter what you try.
  • You continually battle freon leaks.

DIY vs. Professional Repairs (Pros and Cons)

When it comes to actually doing the repairs, you have two options: DIY or hire a professional. There are some pros and cons to both these methods, so let’s take a look at each one in turn.

DIY AC Repair

Pros: If you opt for a DIY repair, you’ll likely save money since you won’t be paying for labor.

Cons: However, it can be dangerous to work on your own AC unit if you don’t have the right tools and know-how. Plus, if you make a mistake and damage your equipment, you won’t have the warranty that comes with professional repairs.

Professional AC Repair

Pros: On the other hand, if you hire a professional, you’ll get the job done right and won’t have to worry about damaging your equipment. You will also likely be given a warranty on the repair work. Cons: The downside is that it can be expensive depending on what needs to be repaired or replaced.

No matter which option you choose, it’s important to consider all of the cost factors associated with your air conditioner repairs. Knowing what to expect can help you make an informed decision about how much to budget for your next AC repair.

We Recommend Calling the Pros at Aquarius

If you want to make sure your air conditioner is repaired the right way, it’s best to call a professional. At Aquarius Home Services, we have years of experience providing quality AC repair services in the Twin Cities area. Plus, our technicians will be able to accurately diagnose and repair your issue so you’ll be cool and comfortable in no time.

For more information on the cost of air conditioner repairs, contact AquariusHome Services at (651) 256-0441 or request a free estimate online. We look forward to helping you get your air conditioner up and running as soon as possible.

Debra Larsen
Debra Larsen
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Wow!! Talk about over and above in customer service! As a homeowner I highly recommend Aquarius. They were incredibly thorough and also took the time to do “extras” for me that I didn’t expect. They found and fixed problems that other companies would have walked away from. I have owned my home for 28 years and I am thrilled and just blown away by the level of excellence and customer service I received. I am going to use Aquarius for absolutely everything. Everything. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!
Alan Wetzel
Alan Wetzel
1718657730
Micah was thorough, efficient, and explained things while servicing the water heater. Also he is a pleasant person to be with during the service call.
Ben Nelson
Ben Nelson
1718647531
Great experience. Thanks for getting our A/C back on so quickly.
Terry Bilse -Kraft
Terry Bilse -Kraft
1718637426
Mike was very professional, polite and did a very good job of letting me know the condition of our AC unit.
Cherie. Skildum
Cherie. Skildum
1718633975
While the plumber was the nicest guy, I truly felt that the service was very slow. Installing 2 faucets and a shower head and simple control should never take 4 1/2 hours!! And our plumbing was up to code! A pretty big bill for a little work.
Chuck
Chuck
1718544944
Nick is awesome…figured out the recurring issue instantly. I can’t thank him enough for getting us up and running promptly and efficiently. Super positive attitude even after a long day, would request him for any future work.
Bill Sherck
Bill Sherck
1718471827
AC not working and Nicholas got to us on the weekend and problem-solved the blown fuses. No charge as warranty work. Professional. Thank goodness before excessive heat warbing! Thanks Aquarius!
Pat Alexander
Pat Alexander
1718405710
The most thorough AC check up I have EVER had in the 18 years I have owned my house. And I get AC and furnace check up done EVERY year.
Ileana Essig
Ileana Essig
1718398249
Ethan was friendly and very informative. When he arrived, I made it clear that I was not interested in additional services, just the tuneup/inspection of my HVAC system. He went over the results and answered my questions with thorough explanations without trying to upsell me via a list of ’recommendations’, which I sincerely appreciated.
Richard Pierson
Richard Pierson
1718388233
Michael Brandt
Michael Brandt
1718382329
Nick and Marcus were knowledgeable, efficient, and friendly. Great service call.
Nathan McCauley
Nathan McCauley
1718325023
Ethan did a great job servicing our A/C unit and went above and beyond the call of duty by removing the mice that had taken up residence in the unit.Thank you.
LA Paul
LA Paul
1718317846
Nicholas and Marcus went over everything in detail and explained what should be prioritized. Even tolerated the cat that wanted to supervise their work. Great employees for Aquarius, always responsive and professional. Ended up scheduling another appointment for some electrical repair. Great company to work with.
John Stiehl
John Stiehl
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Anson MacFarlane
Anson MacFarlane
1718314204
Great service!
Joel DeMarais
Joel DeMarais
1718222835
Completely satisfied with the work Chris, Nick and Matt did installing a new Furnace and A/C system. They were very thorough, courteous and professional!
Ted ALLISON
Ted ALLISON
1718216675
Raymond Cruz
Raymond Cruz
1718192723
RayVery satisfied and impressed!Thanks to Travis, David, Adam & EricFriendly, professional and knowledgeableThey arrived explained what was going to happen and kept me updated on the process.Answered my many questions.As they finished cleaning everything up. They again insured that I had no other questions before leaving.GREAT JOB!!
Patty George
Patty George
1718150859
Brandon was great! He gave great advice, had attention to details, was helpful and trustworthy. I love that I can be in a service program with Aquarius to help me remember the updates and cleanings during the year, especially when I have too many things to remember to do. ☺️
Bryce Chu
Bryce Chu
1718148665
Nick and his partner were incredibly thorough in their inspection of my AC and furnace unit. They clearly pointed out areas of concern as well as what working properly both inside and outside. They presented clear options for repair or intervention. I felt was given all the information I needed and had all my questions answered in simple direct language that most laymen unfamiliar with jargon could understand. Highly recommend.
Dale and Carol Tilden
Dale and Carol Tilden
1718131763
Aquarius takes excellent care of my water softening and heating as well as my furnace and air conditioning systems. Also just had a new electric panel installed (needed updating).
Debra Klejeski
Debra Klejeski
1718055650
Jon answered our questions and explained everything on the checklist. He was very professional and courteous!
Jeff Peterson
Jeff Peterson
1718055086
Wally Lee
Wally Lee
1718044949
Brandon did a great job for us with our A/C general maintenance check. Very knowledgeable, and was professional and efficient.
Joe Capistrant
Joe Capistrant
1718042522
Nate is wonderful. Knows his stuff. Resolved a troublesome problem. Very pleasant, enjoyable fellow.
Cindy Rae Dainsberg
Cindy Rae Dainsberg
1718034743
Brandon was exceptional. Professional. Knowledgeable. Efficient. Kind. Caring. Remembers the client from previous visits. An excellent example of what Customer Service should be to keep customers coming back.
Gary Smith
Gary Smith
1718030176
Excellent technician. Nick is an outstanding young man and very knowledgeable. I felt like he was giving me an honest assessment of my system.
mary bond
mary bond
1717801266
Our water heater went out on Fri evening. We called Aquarius early Sat morning and they said earliest they could get out was Mon. On Sun I received a text confirming our Mon appointment but on Mon morning they called and said the earliest they could get to us was the following week !We should be without hot water till then ? We are not a new customer…. 5 months previously we had a new furnace and air conditioner installed at quite an expense. I am appalled at their service or rather lack there of ! As an established customer they felt waiting approximately 10days without water was acceptable Bad, Bad, Bad !Two weeks later…The air conditioner Aquarius installed in Dec failed to cool when we turned it on on our 1st warm days. After the poor experience I had had with them I didn’t want to deal with them again but since it was under warranty I had to. We were told we would have a technician out Wed morning. After waiting at home all day they called and canceled at 4pm. We were rescheduled for Fri morning. We had several calls during the day with updates At 5:22 pm we received a cal the tech would be here at 6pm. We cancelled our dinner reservation and are awaiting his arrival.I realize our air conditioning is not an emergency but we have spent 2days waiting for our scheduled service. This is in addition to the 10days they wanted us to wait for a new water heater(which I do think is an emergency) I feel bad for the tech who I’m sure has had a long day and must now come at 6 on a Fri evening. Once again I repeat Aquarius has failed us again !!
Todd Schull
Todd Schull
1717795955
Riley was the tech that performed our membership maintenance check-up. He did an outstanding job explaining what was included in the maintenance check-up. After his inspection, he was very detailed, using pictures, to help describe what he found and he made recommendations on what should be addressed now and what could wait until our next membership maintenance check-up. He was very thorough doing the repairs, cleaning impeccably both our furnace and air conditioner. We are going to request Riley for all our member maintenance check-ups going forward.
Gary Winkel
Gary Winkel
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John Keller
John Keller
1717778469
Gordy replaced my lawn faucet once it was clear that it could not be repaired. He explained the problem and the process to fix it in a clear and professional manner. The cost were what I expected for such a job.
Robert McDivitt
Robert McDivitt
1717771730
Great service from Ethan. Very helpful and professional.
Frank Potocnik
Frank Potocnik
1717721504
Service Tech Nick was great. Thank you
Anthony Mielzarek
Anthony Mielzarek
1717713912
Riley is always a professional when coming to the house for HVAC services. He is always a pleasure to deal with! Even my dogs like him!
Nancy Anderson
Nancy Anderson
1717632583
Our thermostat was not working properly. Called Aquarius & they contacted , Nick Sarinske. He arrived soon after & was able to figure out what the problem was. He explained the problem & the solution very thoroughly. Great service🙂
david e brown
david e brown
1717628659
Friendly. Fast. Great staff
Sue Austin
Sue Austin
1717607256
Chris Becker
Chris Becker
1717547200
Nick stayed until my AC problem was fixed and verified it worked, even stuck around as we were hit by a rainstorm. Very impressed. Thank you, Nick, for going the extra mile to check (and replace!) that capacitor, educate me a bit on the AC unit itself, and making sure it worked before leaving!
Lloyd Lindenfelser
Lloyd Lindenfelser
1717540351
Very knowledgeable and helpful!Received prompt estimate for repairs. Thanks, Paul
kay Linsmeier
kay Linsmeier
1717527233
Tried to take advantage of me, because I am old. Tried charging me $2100 to replace a part on unit that costs $800, per other estimates, very disappointing.
Jim Muehlbauer
Jim Muehlbauer
1717523996
Guys were on time, and did an excellent job. They explained everything to our satisfaction, Great job!
Will Determan
Will Determan
1717518929
Nick was over the top wonderful to work with, highly efficient troubleshooter, and a proper gentleman! Highly recommend!!
T.R Hinrichs
T.R Hinrichs
1717453461
Great friendly service!
barry spotts
barry spotts
1717448139
Very knowlegable
Greg Benson
Greg Benson
1717440410
Serviced our soft water system, very professional
Gary Fritz
Gary Fritz
1717427584
Brent was on time, friendly, courteous, and efficient in his work. And left no trace. Very clear as well when discussing services rendered and needs I should keep in mind.
Julie A. Stoner
Julie A. Stoner
1717261784
This was the first time we used Aquarius Service. We were really impressed! 👍 Our Technician's name was Casey Ogilvie. He was very Professional.😊 Always explained everything he was doing & was able to resolve the problem, right away & was very well informed about the task @ hand. No complaints! Seems like a really nice guy.🙂Thanks, again, Casey, for a job well done! ✅ May/2024.
Doug Hicks
Doug Hicks
1717256807
Very professional.
Hager Studios
Hager Studios
1717163166
Friendly, knowledgeable techs, good install on my furnace and heat pump. Overall a very positive experience.
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