During a Tucson summer, a broken AC is a severe problem. While having an HVAC technician diagnose your system is the only way to get an exact estimate on the repair cost, the factors discussed below will give you a reasonable estimate of where your total repair cost will likely fall on the range.
On average, a central AC repair will cost around $230 in Tucson, although the price could be as low as $90 or as high as $815.
The price range is so wide due to a variety of factors, including the following:
We’ll unpack each of these in detail below.
Factor #1: The Age of Your AC
The older your AC unit, the more expensive it will be to repair because repairing older ACs requires more challenging sourcing to find parts. Additionally, the older your AC unit gets, the greater the likelihood that more parts will need replacement due to wear and tear.
ACs usually have a 15–20 year lifespan; if yours is approaching this age, it might be more cost-effective to replace it rather than repair it and end up having to replace it anyway in a couple of years. Although it’s not fun to pay for a replacement, replacing your AC with a newer unit can significantly lower your monthly energy bill because newer models are much more efficient than older models.
If you’re unsure whether an AC repair or replacement would be a better option for you in the long term, we recommend implementing the $5,000 rule—multiply the current age of your AC unit by the quoted cost to repair it. If the result is more than $5,000, you should probably replace your AC.
Factor #2: The Type of Repair Needed
Because there is such a wide range in the cost of AC parts, it’s difficult to estimate an AC repair cost without first diagnosing the problem (contact one of our HVAC professionals today to schedule an in-home diagnostic visit). For example, a circuit board or thermostat repair might be more affordable, while other repairs, like refrigerant leaks or evaporator coil replacement, are more costly.
Below are some price ranges for common AC parts in Tucson:
- Blower motor: $350–$850
- Capacitor or contactor: $200–$450
- Circuit board: $200–$850
- Compressor: $800–$3,500
- Condenser fan motor: $250–$1,100
- Evaporator coil: $850–$3,000
- Refrigerant: $230–$1,500+
- Thermostat: $200–$990
For more specifics on how much parts might cost for your AC repair, reach out to an HVAC professional.
Factor #3: The Warranties on Your AC
During your AC's initial installation, you were probably eligible for two warranties: a manufacturer’s warranty and a labor warranty. If either of these warranties is still valid and not void, it could save you money on your AC repair.
The manufacturer’s warranty is from the company that manufactured your AC. This warranty typically lasts 1–10 years and usually covers the replacement cost of parts in the case of a manufacturing error.
If your manufacturer’s warranty has expired or you haven’t fulfilled the requirements of the warranty (e.g., registering your AC, obtaining regular maintenance on your AC, etc.), you will not be eligible for any reimbursement. To learn more about your specific manufacturer’s warranty, go to your manufacturer’s website and enter your AC system’s model number located on your outdoor unit.
A labor warranty covers repair costs for a needed repair because of an installing error. Labor warranties typically last 1-2 years from the time of service, but it depends on the contractor you hired. If you recently had your AC serviced or installed, it’s worth contacting the prior contractor to check if the warranty still covers your repair.
Factor #4: Which Contractor You Hire
Choosing a more experienced contractor will result in a higher AC repair cost; however, it could save you money in the long run. Be wary of contractors that promise meager prices—they often repair ACs using off-brand parts, selling you on a cheap repair that ends up resulting in an AC replacement not long after and voids your warranty.
A quality contractor should:
- Be licensed and insured—this information should be available on their website.
- Have positive reviews—good reviews can help you determine whether you can trust a company.
- Be North American Technical Excellence (NATE) certified (we are!)
- Bill at a flat rate rather than an hourly rate—some contractors will bill hourly and then purposefully take a long time to complete the repair. For reference, our AC repairs typically take 1–3 hours.
Certain contractors may have specials as well. For example, we waive the diagnostic fee when you schedule service with us. Additionally, you can check out our coupons page for our current deals.
Contact Advantage Air Mechanical for an AC Repair Estimate You Can Trust
We don’t pay our technicians on commission, so you know we make our expert recommendations in your best interest, not ours. We perform thousands of AC repairs a year—yours could be next!
Give us a call today so you can get back to the things that matter.