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How much does it cost to replace a condenser fan relay?

The average cost to replace a condenser fan relay is $68, with $19 for parts and $42 for labor costs. Prices vary depending on your vehicle and repair services in your area.
How long does it take to replace a condenser fan relay? It doesn’t take long to do this repair. A certified mechanic can usually complete the job in about 0.4 hours. This includes the time it takes to inspect the AC system and make a diagnosis.
Take a look at condenser fan relay replacement costs for different vehicles:
Estimate DateCustomerCarFair Cost EstimateParts CostLabor CostLabor Time
May 25, 2024
Mini Cooper
$106
$31
$75
0.6 Hours
May 20, 2024
Alfa Romeo Giulia
$108
$31
$77
0.6 Hours
May 18, 2024
Cadillac Escalade
$105
$31
$74
0.6 Hours
May 15, 2024
Buick Regal
$112
$31
$81
0.6 Hours
May 13, 2024
Oldsmobile Intrigue
$92
$10
$82
0.6 Hours
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How did we estimate these prices?

Jerry's experts researched and collected data from 2500+ real repair shops in all 50 states in the US, including everything from the total cost of repair services to the hourly labor cost for mechanic labor in each shop. We combined that data with our expert database of hundreds of real repair jobs, thousands of real cars, millions of real car part prices in order to best estimate the cost of each repair service. Our labor cost estimate is calculated by taking the average hourly labor rate for a certified mechanic in the US, times the number of hours it takes on average to complete a repair. We recommend you compare your local shops with Jerry and contact those shops directly to get final pricing for your vehicle.

What parts do I need for my condenser fan relay replacement and how much do those parts cost?

If you’re hoping to save on auto repair costs, doing the replacement yourself makes sense. The only part you need to buy is a new condenser fan relay. This will set you back anywhere from $10 to $60.
In addition to the new part, you’ve also got to have automotive tools in order to do the replacement. Here are some of the tools you might need:
  • Pliers
  • Small screwdriver
  • Work light
You can buy replacement condenser fan relay parts for your car from auto parts stores like AutoZone, NAPA Auto Parts, and Advance Auto Parts, as well as online retailers such as Amazon and RockAuto. Three reputable brands we recommend are Dorman, ACDelco, and Standard Motor Product. However, like price, recommended brands may also vary depending on your vehicle’s specific year, make, and model.
Some manufacturers require you to purchase an entirely new fan assembly if the relay goes out and you want to purchase an OEM part. If you’d like to save some money, an aftermarket replacement is a good option. Keep in mind that if you install an aftermarket replacement, you might risk voiding the warranty on your vehicle.
Head to your local auto body shop or auto parts shops like AutoZone, Advance Auto Parts or NAPA Auto Parts. Order the replacement online if they don’t have your relay in stock. Remember to double-check part numbers before you make your purchase.

Where can I get a condenser fan relay replaced?

Once you’ve identified the problem with your car’s air conditioning, you just want to get it fixed already! If you don’t have a mechanic, let Jerry's
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To help you narrow down your choices, Jerry's GarageGuard™ also tells you what’s included in the estimate, and they’ll give you reviews from customers. You can feel confident that you’re choosing the best repair shop in your area.
Look at a few of our vetted shops below and download the app to compare car repair quotes near you.
171 Reviews
Regal Auto Care Tire Pros
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1901 Auburn Way N,, Auburn, WA
Condenser Fan Relay Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$150
(Parts - $19, Labor - $131)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$180.33
115 Reviews
On The Go Tires
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(Mobile repair service), Fort Myers, FL
Condenser Fan Relay Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$99
(Parts - $19, Labor - $80)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$75
115 Reviews
Velasquez Auto Care - Cesar Chavez
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709 S Cesar E Chavez Dr, Milwaukee, WI
Condenser Fan Relay Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$124
(Parts - $19, Labor - $105)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$35
115 Reviews
University Tire & Auto Service
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2908 Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA
Condenser Fan Relay Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$169
(Parts - $19, Labor - $150)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$180
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How did we vet these shops?

Jerry experts researched 2500+ real repair shops across the US. We talked to real shop customers, and analyzed both real shop pricing data and thousands of real customer reviews from each shop to verify them individually. We do not partner with the shops listed above, and our analysis is always unbiased.

How will a mechanic replace my condenser fan relay?

After the mechanic makes a diagnosis, here are the steps they take to swap out the relay:
  1. Disconnect the battery: Wait a minute for the condenser fan blades to stop spinning.
  2. Access the main fuse box: Use a pair of needle-nose pliers to press down on the fasteners that secure the lid and open the box.
  3. Identify the condenser fan relay: Check the underside of the lid for a diagram mapping out the fuses and relays in the box.
  4. Remove the bad condenser fan relay: Pinch the relay with your fingers and gently pull it free from the fuse box.
  5. Install the new relay and close the fuse box: Check that the new relay part number matches the relay you just removed. If it does, push it into the fuse box.
  6. Reconnect the battery and test the AC: Turn on the engine and check to see if cold air blows.
Tip: If you don’t see a fuse and relay diagram, check your owner’s manual for the location of the condenser fan relay.

What happens if I don’t replace my condenser fan relay?

It’s never a good idea to ignore car problems, especially a part that keeps your AC components cool. If you keep driving and trying to use the AC, the
engine can overheat
and become damaged. It costs a lot more to repair the engine than to replace the cooling fan relay, so you’d be looking at higher repair costs.

What does a condenser fan relay do?

Think of the relay as a signal that tells the air conditioning’s condenser fan when to turn on and off. You might hear this part called the cooling fan relay. The relay provides power to the fan in order to pull air through the radiator and condenser. Then, when the fan motor reaches a certain temperature, the relay tells the cooling fan to turn off. In some vehicles, the condenser fan works in tandem with a radiator fan—and both are powered by relays. 
If the condenser fan relay is broken or damaged, it might not work at all (causing engine overheating), or it will be permanently stuck in the on position, which can disrupt airflow in the cabin. 

How do I know if my condenser fan relay is bad?

If the air conditioner doesn’t work on a regular basis or it stops working entirely, the relay might be to blame. Here are more specific signs of a bad condenser fan relay:
  • The AC blows warm or hot air: If the relay goes out, the condenser won’t get the necessary power to stay cool. As a result, it will blow warm air because it can’t cool the refrigerant enough.
  • The engine overheats: This happens if the relay fails and disables the condenser fan. When the fan can’t cool itself, it overheats, which causes the engine to overheat, too. To avoid costly repairs, get your AC inspected as soon as possible. 
  • The condenser fan makes a rattling sound: If you know your way around the condenser fan and remove the relay, you may hear a rattling sound if you shake the relay. This means the relay itself is broken.

How often should a condenser fan relay be replaced?

The condenser relay fan is the component of your AC that’s most likely to fail. Over time and with lots of use, the relay fails and could get stuck. As soon as the relay starts acting up and you notice the AC isn’t effectively cooling your car, it may be time to replace it. 
Keep in mind: The condenser fan relay is not usually inspected during tune-ups or regular maintenance. If you suspect something is wrong with it, ask a technician to check it out.

Can I replace the condenser fan relay myself?

If you’ve got DIY automotive skills and feel comfortable working with your car’s fuse box, you should be able to swap out the condenser fan relay. However, if you’re not completely sure that the relay is causing the problem, get a professional inspection or have the mechanic service the AC. Working with coolant requires specialized training and certification, so it’s best to have a professional troubleshooting and repairing your AC system. 

FAQs

The relay can fail if its electronics fail, a high current draw shorts the circuits, or ants get into the relay (which is actually a pretty common problem).

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