Although all air conditioning companies have similar costs, they can actually be quite different as well depending on the contractor. The following example is simply an illustration on how some AC companies determine their hourly labor rate. In the air conditioning industry, a good technician should be able to easily make $20 an hour, often times more. There is an substantial amount of expertise and skill required to maintain one of the homes most expensive components. Because of this, one can expect to pay at least $20 an hour to have their AC serviced. The service tech wage is not the only costs, however. There is a substantial amount of time the technician is on the job but is not billing for service. He may be in traffic, at the local supply house etc. He would still need to be paid his wage. The effective wage ratio in the HVAC industry can vary pretty significantly, typically around the 50-75% range. In reality, that technician now costs $30-$40 an hour depending on how efficient the company is.
In addition to a physical location, there are also trucks, tools, parts inventory, office staff, computers, phones, uniforms, etc a company has to pay for. This will typically put the hourly service costs over $100.
It is never a good idea to purchase from an air conditioning contractor based on costs alone. Although there are some good deals to be had out there at extremely low rates, there are some really bad ones too. Often times you end up getting what you pay for. With air conditioning, mistakes can also get pretty costly. At Melco HVAC Services of Orlando, we publish our rates for air conditioner repairs so there are never any surprises. If you're needing AC service in Orlando, give us a call today.