The cost of rent, food and other basic necessities is also higher. Therefore, technicians have to charge more to make a profit. However, the cost of living doesn't just affect air conditioning repairers. It also affects the cost of parts and shipping.
Your HVAC system is more than just an air conditioning unit. It consists of several interrelated systems, including ducts, ventilation grilles, coolant lines, thermostats, and electrical components and cables. Smart thermostat technology is more sophisticated than that of the analog and even digital systems of the past. A licensed technician should be familiar with all of them and be prepared to repair them when visiting your home. With more experience and knowledge, labor costs increase.
In conclusion, if we consider all the factors, perhaps the repair or installation of the air conditioner is not as “expensive” as I thought. However, you should expect the best service from your HVAC company. In addition, a reliable air conditioning company should offer you options for different prices and be able to explain the advantages of each level. Why is air conditioning so expensive to repair? Hopefully, it's because you're paying for quality parts and quality service with a great guarantee.
Otherwise, you're probably dealing with the wrong HVAC company.