March 27, 2017
Homeowners in Denver always ask us, “How much does it cost to repair an air conditioner?”
Here’s what we tell them: The average cost to repair an air conditioner in Denver ranges from $250 to $900+.
Why the big range in price?
AC repair cost depends on the following 3 main factors:
In this article, we’ll discuss these factors and help you decide if you should repair or replace your AC unit.
Let’s start with cost factor #1:
The type of repair your air conditioner needs largely determines what you’ll end up paying.
Think of A/C repairs like taking your car to a mechanic. You know that some car repairs are more expensive than others, like a costly transmission rebuild compared to a simple belt replacement.
It’s the same with AC repairs; some repairs cost more than others.
The most expensive part to replace with an A/C unit is the compressor. A compressor is a pump that’s responsible for raising and lowering the pressure of refrigerant, which is how an air conditioner keeps your home cool.
Other common AC repairs include:
Luckily, some parts are covered under warranty, which we’ll cover in the next section:
A warranty will reduce the amount of money you’ll pay out-of-pocket for an AC repair.
Most brand name A/C units come with a manufacturer's warranty that covers parts like:
Some warranties will even cover the labor associated with replacing each part, but it depends on the manufacturer and contractor.
To check your warranty, look online or call the manufacturer with the model number, serial number, and date of installation.
Whoever you choose to repair your air conditioner also affects how much you pay.
Why is that?
Well, one reason has to do with how A/C contractors charge for repairs. Some charge by the hour; others at a flat-rate price.
Just be sure to ask up front which method the company uses so you can know what to expect.
A word of warning: Be wary of contractors who quote really low prices; they may be using inferior replacement parts. Or they could be planning on doing a bait and switch (quoting you a low price, then selling you a brand-new system that you don’t need).
For more information about contractors, learn 7 things to look for to find the best HVAC contractor in Denver, CO.
Let’s say you get quoted a really high price for an air conditioner repair. Should you pay for the repair or just buy a new unit?
Well, the answer depends. Consider these questions:
At the end of the day though, the decision to replace or repair is yours. It definitely depends on your current budget. But also consider long-term benefits like a more efficient A/C unit, which will save you money down the road in energy costs.
For your convenience, you can request an appointment in one of two ways: