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What’s the Cost of an AC Repair in Southern California?

By Your Advisor 9/15/20 4:31 PM Time to read:

The cost of an AC repair in the Southern California area can range anywhere from $69 to $3,000, with an average price of around $300. 

Remember, though, it’s almost impossible to predict what you’ll pay for your AC repair until a professional determines what’s wrong with the system.

To help you budget, we’ll explain some factors that affect the cost of an AC repair, including:

  • The type of repair you’ll need
  • The age of the system
  • The status of your warranty
  • The company you hire


Want an upfront quote for your AC repair? If you live in or around the Redlands/Inland Empire area, just contact our team. We will send out a licensed, reliable technician to perform a thorough diagnosis, then explain what’s wrong with your system and what your repair will cost. We’ll always provide a fair, upfront quote so you can choose whether or not you want to move forward with the repair.

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Price factor #1: The type of repair you’ll need

The more complex the repair, the more it will cost.

For example, simple repairs, like replacing a clogged filter or faulty thermostat, typically cost less than a more complex repair, such as a refrigerant leak.

More complex repairs are usually repairs that affect more than one part of the system. Some issues that might lead to a complex AC repair include:

  • A damaged compressor
  •  A/C coil failures
  •  Failing electrical components

Price factor #2: The age of the system

Even a relatively “simple” AC repair can turn into a big bill if your AC is over the age of 15 years. The older the unit, the more it typically costs to repair it.

Why? An AC that is nearing the end of its lifespan will typically have very worn out parts. So when a technician is determining the root issue, he’ll probably uncover various parts in the system that are worn out and need replacement.

That said, keep in mind that it’s almost never cost-effective to pour money into an older AC. If you hire an experienced technician, they should provide you with honest feedback on whether it will be more effective to repair the AC or just replace it altogether.

Price factor #3: The status of your warranty

If your AC warranty is still valid, your AC repair will typically cost less.

To be clear, most homeowners have two kinds of AC warranties (that may or may not still be valid):

  1. Manufacturer's warranty, which covers the cost of replacement parts for a certain amount of time. Typically, manufacturer warranties last anywhere from 1 to 10 years.
  2. Labor warranty, which covers the cost of labor to repair your AC for a certain amount of time. At Burgeson’s, labor warranties last for one year from when the AC was installed. 

To determine whether or not your manufacturer’s warranty is still valid, you’d need to contact the manufacturer (i.e. Lennox, Trane, etc.).

To determine whether or not your labor warranty is still valid, you’d need to contact the contractor who installed your AC.

Price factor #4: The company you hire

A higher-quality company with many years of experience providing AC repairs will typically charge slightly higher prices.

Don’t let a higher price deter you from choosing a reputable contractor, though. Paying slightly more for a more experienced contractor usually saves you time and money in the long run.

A more experienced contractor usually has the skillset to get the repair done right the first time. Plus, they’ll be committed to upholding their reputation in the area, which means you’re more likely to get excellent customer service.

Need an AC repair? 

If you live in the Southern California area (more specifically, in or around the Inland Empire), just contact the pros at Burgeson’s Heating, A/C, Electrical, Solar & Plumbing. We have over 70 years of experience serving homeowners in the Inland Empire.

Ready to work with a company that will always put your needs first? Just schedule your repair by clicking below or call us at (909) 792-2222.

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