The price to repair an AC compressor clutch varies according to each state but, as of 2015, can range between $763 to $1,046 on parts and labor. Part of the expense goes to properly handling the refrigerant used in an air conditioning system, which is toxic to inhale.
Air conditioning repairs can cost more than $1,000, depending on the repair to be administered. The AC lines need to be bled properly before any work is done. This procedure requires using a machine to vacuum out the old refrigerant. When the compressor and replaced, often times the mechanic may install a new drier as well to help keep the AC lines clean.