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How much does it cost to fix an air conditioner?

Perhaps one of the most asked question by homeowners about their air conditioning system is How Much is It Going to Cost to Get Fixed.

This is not a question that can be easily answered over the phone or at the front door. The air conditioning company can give you a ball park amount or a range, but that ballpark is big and that range is ridiculous. There can be a lot of different problems that need to be addressed or should be addressed with a home air conditioner before any qualified technician can realistically state that it is fixed.

Let us go a few problems that occur that can be easily remedied before assuming that there is something wrong with the air conditioner.

It Isn't Really Broken

The majority of air conditioning service calls are under $100 and that is because the majority of the air conditioner service calls that are performed there is nothing actually wrong with the units. Here is list of items that air condition service technicians are called out to fix.

  • The blower compartment door is open or not closed all the way

  • The thermostat is not turned on

  • The supply registers (vents) are closed

  • The home doesn't have an air conditioner

  • The home doesn't cool down in 10 minutes

The Blower Door on the Furnace Isn't Closed All the Way

There is a safety switch on the blower compartment door that prevents the furnace or air handler from turning on when the door is ajar. If you change the filter and then realize that the system will not turn on this is the most likely reason. Simply reattach the door securely and the problem is gone.

The Thermostat is Not Turned On

Don't laugh, this happens all the time. Usually located on the bottom of the thermostat on analog thermostats and digital thermostats there is a fan on-off-auto switch. This switch only controls the fan or blower motor on the furnace or air handler and does not control the air conditioning. A homeowner not paying as much attention as they should, simply turns the fan to on and turns the temperature down to their desired comfort point and assumes the air conditioning is running. After an hour or so they realize that the outdoor unit (the condenser) is not running and the air conditioning company gets a call for no cooling. Most thermostats have a switch on them for heat-off-cool. This switch must be turned to the cool setting for the air conditioner to turn on.

The Supply Vents Are Closed

This actually happened in my own home this year with my daughter's room. We dampened the heat to her room and we turned on the air conditioner for the first time her room wasn't getting enough cool air so she came to me to and told me the A/C wasn't working. Ensure that the registers are open in every room. It does little to no good to turn off rooms to try and focus more airflow to warmer areas of the home. The ducting isn't designed to handle the increase in air pressure and as a result, the ability of the system to cool the home diminishes. You can throttle down the supply registers somewhat, but do not shut them off in cooling mode.

The Home Doesn't Have an Air Conditioner

Nearly every electronic thermostat on the market is heating and cooling capable. Just because the thermostat says that it controls air conditioner doesn't mean that there is an air conditioner installed serving the home.

The Home Doesn't Cool Down in Ten Minutes

Air conditioning in your home is not like the air conditioning in your car. Your car's air conditioning system is gigantic and is really a refrigeration system. Your car's air conditioning system can take 130 degree air and drop it to 50 degrees in a few minutes. Your home air conditioning system has an ideal temperature drop of 20 degrees from the supply and return. This means that if your return air temperature is 90 degrees the air coming out of the supply registers is, or should be, about 70 degrees, a far cry from your automotive system. In the home, the furniture, the walls, the floors and everything else heats up during the day. When the temperature of the air decreases these items will release stored heat to the air resulting in a slowing down the cooling process. Instead of turning off your air conditioning system during day you should choose a set point that allows the air conditioner to turn on during the day to maintain a temperature closer to your comfortable point. Most people find that about five degrees of temperature differential will allow the home to cool down in a reasonable amount of time.

The prices to repair air conditioners vary wildly from company to company and from repair to repair.

Here are a few of the common repairs that air conditioning technicians performance to fix broken air conditioning systems.

  • Blown fuses

    • Burnt Disconnect

    • Installation of a hard start kit

  • Low on Freon

    • R22 or R410a

    • Installation of a Leak Stop

  • Replace a Capacitor

    • Increase blower speed to cool the air better at the condenser

    • Adjust the positioning of the fan blade

    • Rehabilitate all the wiring an connections removing corrosion

  • Replace a motor

    • With capacitor

  • Replace the compressor

    • Installation of filter dryers

    • Installation of a solenoid valve to prevent liquid flood back

  • Replace a circuit breaker

    • Installation of a hard start kit

  • Repair ducting

  • Adjust air ducting

  • Replace a circuit board

  • Replace a transformer

    • Installation of a safety fuse

  • Clean the indoor blower assembly

  • Clean the evaporator coil

  • Replace the evaporator coil

  • Calibrate the thermostat

  • Replace the thermostat

  • Clean the air filter

  • Replace the air filter

  • Clean the condensation pump

  • Clean out the condensation removal piping

  • And more..

So when you call up your local air conditioning company and ask the question "How much does it cost to fix a home air conditioner" you are asking a very big question. There really is no honest straight forward way to give someone over the phone a repair estimate to fix a broken air conditioner.

 

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