Air Conditioning Repair Costs And Estimates

by | Mar 17, 2020 | General Information | 0 comments

Spring is here and summer is not far behind, it’s the time of year where HVAC contractors are busy tending to air conditioning repairs!

When your air conditioning malfunctions, it can put you in a bit of a sweaty situation.

Let’s walk through all the different types of repair costs, and ways to avoid these astronomical expenses and maintain your HVAC health. 

What are some of the repairs I should know about?



When your cooling system fails, the first repair cost you’re charged is the service call charge.

  • Most air conditioning repair establishments charge this fee in exchange for their time and diagnostics to evaluate your cooling system.
  • Most service call charges cost you approximately from $50 to $100. In the case that an emergency happens and you are in need of an air conditioner repair overnight, over the weekend, or on a holiday, you could be looking at double.
  • Many air conditioning businesses offer special deals, coupons, or other savings that eliminate or deduct the service call fee. Be sure to visit your contractor’s website or ask what offers may be available to you.



Once your HVAC contractor analyzes your air conditioning, he or she provides you with a cooling system repair cost appraisal for the service your system needs. This usually includes labor and parts, unless expressed otherwise.

Cooling system repair costs vary on the specific problem you have. The average air conditioning repair charge in the United States is around $300. Below, are a few examples of parts that may malfunction in your system, and what you could be paying for them.

  • Replace drip pan: $250 to $575
  • Recharge refrigerant: $250 to $750
  • Repair fan motor: $200 to $650
  • Replace condensate drain line: $20
  • Repair refrigerant leak: $200 to $1,500



These prices seem like a lot, however, sometimes, professional repairs are the only way to mend your cooling system’s function. But, it’s always a smart plan to conduct some troubleshooting steps before you pay air conditioning repair costs.

Many problems you may face with an air conditioning system can be deduced to simple errors, which are amenable by homeowners. Issues that stem from the system’s power source or the air filter may be an easy fix.

Below are some tips and tricks for troubleshooting some specific errors within your air conditioning system.

Troubleshoot AC Power Source Issues

  • Start with your thermostat. Check your settings to confirm they are correct. The temperature should be placed a few degrees under your home’s room temperature, and the cool setting should be selected. Be sure that hold or vacation modes are turned off.
  • Inspect the batteries in your thermostat. If hardwired, examine your breaker box to confirm the breaker that powers the thermostat has not tripped.
  • Look at the on/off switches near your indoor air handler and outdoor condenser unit – confirm they are turned on. They are typically located either on the unit or on a nearby Review your breaker panel again to be sure that power has not been cut off to the equipment from a tripped breaker.

Troubleshoot AC Filter Issues

  • Be sure your filter is properly installed into the filter cabinet and is in the correct direction. Examine the airflow indicators that are on the filter’s frame. The filter should fit snugly when inserted in the compartment, and be the proper size.
  • If your filter is dirty, remove it and replace it with a clean filter. If you have a washable filter, follow the manufacturer’s directions for cleaning, and allow it to dry thoroughly before reinserting it.

We know an air conditioning malfunction is the last thing you want to deal with, especially this time of the year.

We offer many different resources to assist you with your system and care for it to avert the likelihood of repairs, and repair costs.

Wrapping It Up

 If you are inexperienced with cooling systems please “look but don’t touch”. Even if you are experienced you should still consult an expert for any issues your system may be having. 

 Contact Southern Pride Service, Inc to schedule an appointment with our friendly Southern Maryland HVAC technicians today. We are here to help with choosing the right air conditioning system and making sure your installation is done right the first time.


Air Conditioning Repair Services

 If your air conditioning system isn't working properly, prompt repair is important to keep you comfortable in your home. Southern Pride Service offers cooling system repair services for AC systems of all types. This includes:

  • Central air conditioning system repair

  • Heat pump repair

  • Ductless air conditioning system repair

  • Geothermal system repair

Our experienced HVAC team can diagnose and treat all types of AC problems. Some common reasons that you might need cooling system repair include:

  • Air conditioner won't turn on 

  • Air conditioner won't cool properly 
  • Freezing of the outdoor unit

  • Leaks

  • Unusual sounds or smells

  • Electrical problems

Our repair technicians use the latest tools and technology to diagnose your system's needs. We offer fair, upfront pricing and prompt repair services.

 Schedule AC repair now so you can be cool and comfortable in your home. Call 301-932-4925 or contact us online.


Air Conditioning Installation and Replacement Services

 When it comes time to replace an older or faulty air conditioning system, or install an entirely new unit, our team will recommend the best system for your home and budget.  We'll work with you to take the stress out of the install process with quick and efficient service. We also offer financing options to make it more affordable. 

 Some signs that you're in need of replacement include:

  • Cost of repair is high, so replacement is more cost-effective

  • The system is 10 years old or older

  • You're struggling with frequent breakdowns

  • The system still runs on Freon

 For your air conditioning installation quote, contact the pros at Southern Pride Service.


Keep Your System Properly Maintained with Southern Pride Service

 Proper AC maintenance helps extend the life span of your air conditioning and cooling system and reduce the risk of a breakdown. We offer air conditioning  maintenance plans that will help you keep your system running properly to proactively avoid costly issues and repairs later down the line. We recommend scheduling maintenance at the start of the cooling season, so that your HVAC system can operate as efficiently as possible all season long.

 Is your air conditioner overdue for maintenance? Schedule it today by calling 301-932-4925 or contacting Southern Pride Service online for help.