Air conditioning maintenance costs

Having an A/C requires regular maintenance. A well maintained air conditioner not only ensures that the space in your home is kept cool during hot summer months, it’s also better for your health. Do you have an air conditioner or are you planning to install such a system in your home, but would you first like to get a good idea of the associated maintenance costs? Keep on reading for a crystal clear picture!

How much does A/C maintenance cost?

The positive impact on your health is by no means the only reason to have your A/C serviced on a regular basis. A well-maintained system will be much less likely to have defects, meaning that you’ll be able to enjoy it for much longer. However, the question you’ll immediately ask yourself is how much the maintenance of an air conditioning system will cost you. The answer to this question depends on several factors.

Type of maintenance Average cost What is included in the price?
One-time maintenance Approximately 160 dollars A one-time maintenance including labor and call-out costs.
Maintenance contract Between 110 & 160 dollars per year Yearly maintenance including labor and call-out costs.
Major maintenance Between 160 & 220 dollars Major maintenance including refilling, vacuuming and the labor and call-out costs.


The above will give you, as an owner of an air conditioning system, a good idea regarding the average maintenance costs. But we can understand you’d want to understand what exactly is included in the different types of maintenance. We’ll be happy to list the contents of the maintenance for you:

Flexible maintenance. Flexible maintenance is particularly interesting for an air conditioning system that is just a few years old and still works properly. Even for this you’d want to call on the services of a real specialist to carry out maintenance on your air conditioning system. Proper and periodic maintenance is crucial for the lifespan as well as the optimal functioning of your air conditioning. With flexible service they fully check your air conditioning. This will ensure that it’s ready for the upcoming hot summer months. This kind of one-off maintenance will cost you about 160 dollars. Such a one-time maintenance provides excellent flexibility allowing you to determine exactly when the maintenance should be carried out.

The cheapest maintenance. If you want to be sure that your air conditioning will continue to work properly at all times, but you don’t want to pay big dollars, you can opt for the cheapest kind of maintenance. It should be clear by now that it is crucial to ensure that your air conditioning system is maintained annually. A maintenance contract can be drawn up for this annual maintenance. This way you can be sure that your air conditioning system will always function properly, even though you won’t have to pay the high prices for one-time maintenance. Signing an annual maintenance contract will save you a neat bit of money. A contract like that would have a price tag of 110 to 160 dollars per year on average.

Have air conditioning refilled and vacuumed. If you determine that your air conditioning is no longer able to carry out its tasks properly, it is important to opt for a major service. The air conditioning is also vacuumed and refilled. For this kind of major maintenance to your air conditioning you’ll pay about 160 to 220 dollars.

Which choices determine the maintenance costs of your air conditioning?

Choices you can make to reduce the A/C maintenance costs considerably. We list these choices for you:

Choice 1: Refilling and vacuuming the air conditioner

It is recommended that you have your air conditioning vacuumed and refilled once every two years. If you’ll add that during a regular service that’ll be an extra 45 to 60 dollars to the invoice.

Choice 2: Maintenance contract or not?

Not everyone chooses to have his or her air conditioning system inspected once every year. However, signing an annual maintenance contract has several advantages. firstly, the cost price of maintenance will decrease and secondly, the air conditioning will last much longer without defects. It’s therefore safe to say that a maintenance contract for your air conditioning system will bring you not one, but several financial benefits!

Choice 3: Per hour or total cost?

The third and final choice that affects the cost of maintaining your air conditioning system is the type of price that is charged. The hourly wage of an A/C specialist is about 60 dollars. If you prefer to agree a fixed price in advance with the specialist in question, you’ll have to consider the average price tag for full maintenance, which is about 150 dollars. You have to decide for yourself which of the two options suits you best from a financial point of view.