How Much Does It Cost to Replace an AC Blower Motor

How Much Does It Cost to Replace an AC Blower Motor?

Are you in need of a blower motor replacement?

You’re probably wondering how much that will cost you, right? Well, the cost depends on a lot of factors, but we’ll give you a generic range to help you budget. The average cost to replace an AC blower motor on in Jacksonville ranges from $500 to $1800+.

We’ll discuss the 2 price factors that determine the cost of a blower motor replacement:

  1. Parts
  2. Labor

First, let’s take a look at what your central AC’s blower motor actually does.

What does a central AC blower do?

Your central AC blower, also known as the “indoor air handler fan”, is responsible for: pulling warm air into the AC system and pushing cool air through ductwork and back into your home. (So yes, it’s pretty important.)

Note: To be more specific, the AC blower is controlled by an electric motor which is housed inside the blower/fan. So when we say “blower motor”, we are referring to the two parts as one complex component.

The blower motor sits inside the “air handler”, also known as the indoor unit.

The important thing to remember is that your furnace and your AC share the blower motor. For instance, if you’ve been told that your blower motor is bad and needs to be replaced, this is technically an AC and a furnace repair in one, which helps put the overall blower motor replacement cost in perspective. Speaking of cost, let’s take a closer look at the 2 main factors that will affect the cost of your blower motor replacement.

Two blower motor replacement replacement cost factors

Two factors dictate how much you’ll pay to replace your indoor blower motor: parts and labor.

Cost Factor #1: Parts

Your AC blower motor is actually comprised of 3 main parts (listed below from least to most expensive):

  • The capacitor. The capacitor is a small cylindrical device attached to the side of the blower that helps the motor to run more efficiently.
  • The fan. Sometimes called the “squirrel cage”, this is the part that rotates to distribute air throughout the home.
  • The electric motor. This motor provides electrical power to the fan.

Sometimes, only one of these components needs replacement, other times all 3 need to be replaced. It just depends on the extent of the damage.

The size of your AC.

Your blower motor must be sized to be able to match the capacity of your overall AC system, so the larger your AC, the larger your replacement blower motor, and larger blower motors cost more.
AC are sized in “tonnage”, which refers to how much heat it can remove from your home in an hour. Residential ACs are typically anywhere from 1 to 5 tons. Are you not sure what size AC you have?

What kind of blower motor do you need?

There are 3 different kinds of blower motors (from most to least expensive): Single-speed, Multi-speed, and Variable-speed.

The important thing to understand is that if you’re only replacing the blower motor, you don’t have a choice in the type of blower motor you get. For example, if you currently have a multi-speed AC unit, you’re getting a multi-speed blower motor. What is the difference between these types of blower motors? It all comes down to how fast the motor rotates the fan. For example:

  • Single-speed blower motors can only work at 1 speed: HIGH (100%)
  • Multi-speed blower motors can work at up to 3 speeds: LOW (30%), MEDIUM (70%) and HIGH (100%)
  • Variable-speed blower motors can ramp up and down according to the level of cooling needed and can hit any speed between 0% to 100% Do you have a single-stage AC system but want to upgrade to a multi-speed or variable-speed blower motor?

Whether the parts are “OEM” vs “non-OEM” OEM (original equipment manufacturer) parts are typically more expensive than non-OEM parts.

Why? OEM parts come straight from the manufacturer and were actually designed to work with your specific AC system. These parts have also been tested for strength, safety, and durability. Keep in mind that using non-OEM parts for your AC repairs could void your AC warranty. So always ask your tech whether they provide OEM or non-OEM parts.

Cost Factor #2: Labor

How much you pay for labor depends on:

How many quotes you get

When you contact a professional to come out and inspect your blower motor for a quote, they will charge a “diagnostic fee”, sometimes called a “service charge” or “trip charge”. This fee can range from $50 to $150 and covers the cost for the professional to come out, inspect, and diagnose the problem. This charge does not cover the actual repair or replacement. The good news is that most professionals will waive this fee if you choose them to perform the repair or replacement. The bad news is that if you’re getting several quotes, you’ll have to pay a separate diagnostic charge for each quote.

The time of year

Here in Jacksonville, most HVAC companies will raise their labor prices during the hot summer months.That’s because techs are usually in high-demand during these times (ACs are more apt to break down when they’re overworked).

Accessibility of the blower motor

The location of your air handler affects how much you’ll pay in labor costs for your blower motor replacement. For example, if your blower motor is located in a hard-to-access place like in the attic or in a basement, you’ll pay more for labor. If the air handler is in an easy-to- reach location, such as in an interior closet, you’ll pay less for labor.

The professional you choose

Typically, higher-quality companies/techs charge slightly higher prices for repairs or replacements. What you’re basically paying for is more experience, higher skill and a job that’s done correctly the first time. With that being said, when vetting higher-priced HVAC techs/companies, make sure that they:

  • Have plenty of experience in blower motor replacements
  • Can offer 2–3 referrals from past customers
  • Offers upfront estimates in writing

Do you need a quote for your AC blower motor replacement?

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Your AC Is Wasting $$$ Because of This Hard-to-Spot Issue

Your AC Is Wasting $$$ Because of This Hard-to-Spot Issue

The next time you’re tending to your backyard lawn, take a close look at your AC condenser (the outside unit).

Check out the tiny aluminum “fins” that cover the outside of your outdoor unit. Are most of those fins heavily bent or damaged?

If so, your AC’s efficiency may be taking a hit, which means: Higher energy bills and less comfort. To be fair, a few bent fins here and there is completely fine and they won’t impact your AC’s performance. We usually don’t see problems unless roughly 30% to 50% of the fins are bent or/damaged.

Do you think you have too many bent fins? We’ll gladly show you how you can straighten those bent fins. First, let’s take a quick look at why bent fins are so costly in the first place.

Why bent condenser fins = wasted money

Your AC condenser fins’ job is to help release heat that your AC worked hard to absorb from inside your home.

Your air conditioner doesn’t actually “create” cool air. Instead, it works like a sponge— it uses a special substance called refrigerant to absorb heat from inside your home and dump that heat outside.

Your condenser fins are there to speed up that “heat dumping” process. The fins soak up all of the heat that was collected from your home. Then, a large fan blows cool air over the hot fins to push the heat into the outdoor air.

However, if a bunch of those fins are bent, they will prevent heat from being pushed out of the condenser. This makes your AC work harder and longer to cool off your home..

Translation? A LOT of bent condenser fins mean you spend more money and get less comfort.

How do you fix bent condenser fins?

Unfortunately, condenser fins are very delicate. In other words, a lot of things can bend and harm condenser fins, including:

  • Weed whacking
  • Pressure washing
  • Surrounding foliage
  • Gardeners/landscapers
  • Twigs, hail, dirt, etc. picked up during summer storms
  • Dog urine

Fortunately, bent fins are relatively easy (and cheap) to fix—just buy a condenser fin “comb” or, you can ask your AC technician to comb them out for you.

You must remember this: a fin comb can fix bent fins but not damaged fins. If your fins are badly damaged, then you will want to ask a professional for a more suitable solution.

To prevent damaging your condenser fins, consider:

1. Building a protective gate/fence around the outdoor unit.

This prevents pets, debris, and gardening activities from damaging the fins. Though remember, the main job of your outside unit is to dump heat outside. With that being said, make sure the fence is 3–5 feet from the outside unit to give it proper “breathing room” to disperse heat.

2. Getting your AC maintained…every year!

During one of Bold City Heating and Air’s maintenance visits, our techs will inspect your condenser fins for any problems.

When inspecting the outdoor unit, if our techs see bent fins, they straighten them out right then and there.

If they notice the potential for future damage (i.e. surrounding foliage that’s growing too close to the unit), they’ll bring the issue up and advise you on how to prevent fin damage.

To prevent dirt build-up on the fins, our techs clean the outside unit to increase the AC’s efficiency

An AC maintenance visit doesn’t just prevent/fix bent fins, either. Our techs follow a thorough maintenance checklist to keep your AC efficient, your energy bills low, and your AC warranty valid.

Do you want to save even more $ every month?

Do you want to save even more $ every month?

We’ve got bad news! The average homeowner wastes a ton of money monthly due to leaky doors and windows. You are most likely no exception.

Leaky windows and doors let Jacksonville’s hot outdoor air leak right into your home, which then forces you to spend extra on air conditioning bills to counteract the heat.

Don’t worry! We have got a DIY trick that can stop hot air from entering your home—on the cheap side!

The $2 DIY fix? You will need a little bit of caulk.

We will explain how to check for leaky doors and windows, and then show you how to seal air leaks using this inexpensive DIY method.

How can you tell if you have leaky doors and windows?

The easiest way to tell that you’re losing cool air to leaky doors and windows is to see if you can see actual daylight around the door or window frame.

Heads up: If you don’t see any daylight you might still have leaky doors and windows. Sometimes the leak is too small to see light through the crack, but that doesn’t mean conditioned air isn’t leaking outside or that hot outside air is leaking indoors. Therefore, if you don’t see daylight around a door or window try the “incense test” below.

Steps to test for leaks using an incense stick:
  • Light an incense stick.
  • Hold the stick up against the door/window frame.
  • Watch the smoke. If the smoke goes anywhere other than straight up, you have a leak.

Do you have leaky doors and windows? Use some caulk to save $ every month.

If you’re not a “DIYer”, you can handle this task—promise!

First, you need a tube of caulk. They typically cost $2 for an average-sized tube of door and window caulk. You can find caulk at any local home improvement store. You should get a water-based foam sealant caulk. Once you have your tube of caulk ready, follow the steps below.

Steps to seal air leaks with caulk:
  1. Clean the window or door frame. Be sure the surface is clean and dry before you apply caulk.
  2. Cut the tip of the caulk tube at a 45° to 60° angle. The “steeper” the angle, the easier the caulk will shoot into the crevices you want to fill.
  3. Squeeze the tube until a steady line of caulk comes out and slide the tip of the tube along all joints in the window frame (seen below), including the joint between the frame and the wall.
  4. Use an ice cube, or your finger, to smooth the surface of the caulk. The ice cube will melt to fit the indentation of the joint, so it will push the caulk into the right position.
  5. Let the caulk sit undisturbed for 24 hours to dry.
Do you want to save even more $ every month?

Don’t forget to have your air conditioner maintained every year! Getting your unit maintained regularly makes it more efficient, which means it saves you money in energy bills.

If you haven’t had your unit maintained yet, do so! Do not wait! We’ve already hit 90°+ weather, which means your unit will be running much longer throughout the day. Without regular maintenance your unit might not be able to handle the extra work, and end up needing expensive repairs.

Also, getting your AC maintained prevents a voided warranty. Some manufacturers will void your AC warranty if you don’t have it maintained once a year by a licensed professional.