Air Conditioner Repair for the Greater Cincinnati Area
Need air conditioning repair? Thomas & Galbraith Heating, Cooling & Plumbing has experienced technicians available 24/7 to diagnose the problem and explain the air conditioner repair options that are sure to restore comfort in your Cincinnati area home!
The following issues are signs your air conditioning unit needs service. Give us a call at the first sign of:
- Warm air comes out vents when air conditioner runs
- Air conditioner runs frequent cycles
- Energy bills are higher than they should be
- Vents produce unusual, musty odors
- Air filters seem too dirty
Count on Thomas & Galbraith for Air Conditioner Repair Service
All Cincinnati area households deserve reliable, high performance air conditioners or heat pumps to get them through the summer months comfortably. When your home’s cooling system doesn’t cut it, call in our heating and cooling professionals to correct problems quickly!
A thorough assessment of your air conditioning system shows our heating and cooling technicians exactly what is wrong. We explain the issue as well as the air conditioner repair solutions so you fully understand the matter at hand. Our goal is to help you determine the best approach for improved comfort, and to implement the solutions that get you to where you want to be, comfort-wise.
With the Thomas & Galbraith team on your side, your Cincinnati area home has never been more comfortable! We repair air conditioning systems made by all industry manufacturers.
Why Choose Us
Thomas & Galbraith Heating, Cooling & Plumbing has delivered high-quality air conditioning repair service in the Cincinnati area since 1977. Cincinnati residents have trusted our team to repair air conditioning units throughout the area for more than four decades! A trusted heating and cooling professional is the most important resource when it comes to care for your air conditioner or heat pump – we aim to be of assistance through elite technical performance and superior customer service.
In Service to Others is a core value of the Thomas & Galbraith team. This means we are in service to our clients whenever they may need us. Air conditioner repair service is needed at all times of the day, within and beyond our regular business hours – we are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year to restore home comfort whenever needed. Air conditioning and heating services are always available.
How to Fix Air Conditioning Issues with Troubleshooting
If your air conditioning unit makes strange noises or just doesn’t seem to be working correctly, you may want to call an expert look at the unit. Here are a few things to check before you call to schedule an appointment when a repair technician:
- Check Thermostat Settings. Do the settings look correct? Is your system set correctly for COOL mode and to the right temperature?
- Inspect Outdoor Air Conditioner. Check the outdoor AC unit for debris. Sometimes debris including leaves, twigs, and other yard waste become stuck to the exterior of the unit. It’s also common for plants to grow too close and obstruct the airflow through your unit. Clear away any plants from around your unit. Be careful when checking the blades. If it looks like something’s stuck in the blades or a blade is damaged, call an expert for air conditioner repair.
- Change Your Air Filter. Be sure to check your air filter monthly and replace it with a new one when needed. Clogged filters hinder air conditioner performance.
Consider Purchasing a Carefree Maintenance Agreement
Running your heating and cooling system for just one year is like running a car for 110,000 miles – maintenance is a necessity! Our Carefree Maintenance Agreement can help keep your air conditioner running at its top efficiency. Purchase a Maintenance Agreement at the time of your air conditioning repair service and benefit from the 15% discount on repairs and 5% discount on equipment. Other great benefits include:
- Two annual maintenance tune ups – one for cooling and one for heating
- Save 15% on repairs
- 5% on heating and cooling equipment
- 5% discount on indoor air quality products
- Reduce costly breakdowns by up to 95%
- Lower utility bills by as much as 30%
- Priority service over non-plan members
- Two-year warranties on parts and labor
- Free service call with repair
- Agreement is transferable
How to Fix Air Conditioner Common Problems
Air conditioners and heat pumps have the potential to suffer many issues over time, but there are some air conditioner repairs we make more than others. Below, see some of the common issues our HVAC technicians face and how we address them to restore performance, as well as additional troubleshooting steps to try before you call.
The AC unit isn’t working at all.
- If your air conditioner shuts down unexpectedly, first, check the thermostat’s batteries and replace them if they are dead.
- If the batteries are still good, make sure COOL mode is selected and that the temperature is set a few degrees below the room’s current temperature.
- If the thermostat isn’t the problem, check the circuit breaker that powers your air conditioning system. Make sure to reset any tripped breakers.
- If these actions don’t help, call an A/C expert to inspect the unit.
The AC unit works, but the air isn’t cold.
- If your air conditioner blows hot or warm air, it’s usually either a problem with the compressor/outside unit or your air conditioner is low on refrigerant.
- There may also be a return duct that is broken or disconnected, which allows warm air from the attic or other unconditioned area to mix with the cool air within.
The air conditioner doesn’t cool the home evenly.
- Leaks in ductwork, blocked vents and registers, or low insulation levels often produce uneven home temperatures.
- Make sure that the vents throughout your home are open, unblocked, and clean.
Water drips from the air conditioner.
- This is sometimes caused by refrigerant leaking from the system, which causes ice to build up over the coils due to lack of pressure.
- Frozen coils may also be caused by debris surrounding the exterior air conditioning unit, a clogged air filter, or blocked return air ductwork. These issues restrict airflow.
- If any part of your air conditioner is frozen or icy, shut down the system and allow time for it to thaw out. Contact your HVAC technician to inspect the system and find the source behind the freezing.
The air conditioner is making strange noises.
- Motor bearing problems and faulty belts cause screeching or squealing sounds.
- If you hear clanging, rattling, thumping or banging, this generally means there’s a problem with the motor or blower assembly. Turn off the air conditioning system and contact us for air conditioner repair.
- Debris stuck in the blower or housing around the blower cause a smacking noise, like cards hitting a bicycle spoke. Turn off power to the air conditioner and inspect the blower – remove any debris you find.
- Clicking sounds when your air conditioner or heat pump turns on and off is usually a sign of a relay problem.
- Rattling noises that occur when the compressor turns on are due to a failing motor or loose hardware.
The air conditioner has a broken compressor fan.
- Your air conditioner’s outside unit houses the compressor, fan, and condenser coils, which work together to release heat into the environment. When the outdoor fan isn’t working properly, the heat transfer process doesn’t work right – this keeps your air conditioner from adequately cooling your home. A broken fan causes overheating in the compressor, and the air conditioner safety controls may shut down the system. Overheating creates damage that may warrant air conditioning repair service to replace the compressor.
The air conditioner has frozen condenser coils.
- Poor airflow through your cooling system leads to ice formation on the coils located in the outdoor unit. Obstructions such as dirty air filters or blocked return air ducts are usually the cause.
- Low refrigerant could also be the cause, which indicates a leak in the refrigerant lines or elsewhere within the cooling system. If your air conditioner’s condenser coils freeze up, your system will not run properly. A professional air conditioner repair technician diagnoses what causes frozen coils, performs repairs, and safely thaws the unit.
How to Choose a Contractor in Cincinnati for Your Air Conditioning Unit
Whether you need routine maintenance, emergency air conditioner repairs, or a total replacement for your home’s air conditioning system, selecting a qualified HVAC contractor is an important step. How do you know you are hiring the right team for the job? Follow these tips to find a professional that best fits your needs:
Do your research.
- Review local companies and visit their websites. How do they approach customer service? How long have they worked in your community?
Ask for referrals.
- Ask friends and family who they’ve used in the past and what their experience was like. Would they recommend the company or person to perform work within your home?
Lookup online sources for reviews.
- Google and Facebook are great places to find unfiltered reviews from real homeowners. Always check for reviews before calling an HVAC contractor – see how each company responds to compliments and criticisms.
Make sure they’re licensed, bonded, and insured.
- Many HVAC contractors claim to be licensed, but are actually unlicensed. Without a license, there is no assurance that the job will be done properly or that you can take recourse if it isn’t. When it comes to your safety, there is too much at stake. You don’t want someone who doesn’t take necessary precautions or properly dispose of refrigerant after the job is done. A licensed professional should have their license number clearly marked on most, if not all, of their literature, on their vehicles, and on their website.
- Get a written bid from the HVAC contractor. The bid should include the full pricing with a list of everything that will be done, including equipment.
The lowest bidder isn’t always the best choice.
- Choosing the lowest bid may be appealing, but there’s more to consider than just cost. Make sure you are not sacrificing experience or expertise for a lower price. You don’t want to pay less now, only to have to pay again later for the same problems.
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Thomas & Galbraith Service Area
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