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Best Air Conditioner Repair in Cincinnati

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 options that are in your best interest so you can make an informed decision. 

Call us if you’re experiencing any of the following problems:

  • Warm air coming from the vents
  • Musty, strange smells coming from the vents
  • Unusually high energy bills
  • Frequent cycling
  • Overly dirty air filters

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:

  1. Double Check Your Thermostat. Do the settings look correct? Is your system turned on to the right temperature?
  2. Check the Outdoor A/C Unit. Check the outdoor AC unit for debris. Sometimes debris including leaves, twigs and other yard waste can get trapped in the vents. It’s also common for plants to grow too close and obstruct the airflow of 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.
  3. Change Your Air Filter.  Be sure to check your air filter monthly and replace it with a new one when needed. Clogged filters can hinder the performance of your air conditioner.

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Consider Purchasing a Carefree Maintenance Agreement

You can purchase a Maintenance Agreement at the time of your service and benefit from the 15% discount on repairs and 5% discount on equipment. Running your heating and cooling system for just one year is like running a car for 110,000 miles. Our Carefree Maintenance Agreement can help keep your air conditioner running at its top efficiency.

  • Two visits – one for cooling and one for heating
  • Save 15% on repairs and indoor air quality products and 5% on equipment
  • 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

Does Your Air Conditioning Unit Needs to Be Repaired?

Below are common repairs needed for air conditioning units:

The A/C isn’t working at all. 

  • If your air conditioner shuts down unexpectedly, first, check the thermostat’s batteries and replace them if needed. If the batteries are still good, make sure the thermostat is set to “cooling” mode and that the temperature is set to your preference. If the thermostat isn’t the problem, check the A/C circuit breaker to make sure it is flipped to the “on” position. If these actions don’t help, call an A/C expert to inspect the unit.

The A/C works, but the air isn’t cold.

  • If you’re having issues with your air conditioner blowing 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, pulling in unconditioned air from outside or from an attic space.

The A/C doesn’t cool the home evenly.

  • Leaks in ductwork, blocked vents and registers, or poor insulation can result in uneven home temperatures. Make sure that the vents throughout your home are open, clean and unobstructed.

Water dripping from the air conditioner.

  • This is caused by refrigerant leaking from the drain line and will make your house feel warm. The leak can cause ice to build up over the coils and drip water. Frozen coils may also be caused by debris surrounding the A/C unit, a dirty air filter or obstructed return air ductwork that results in airflow problems. If any part of your air conditioner is frozen or icy, turn it off and allow the unit to defrost on its own. Call an HVAC technician.

The air conditioner is making strange noises.

  • Motor bearing problems and faulty belts can 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 A/C and call a professional.
  • Debris stuck in the blower or housing around the blower can cause a smacking noise, like playing cards hitting a bicycle spoke. Turn off the A/C and inspect the blower for debris.
  • Clicking sounds when the A/C turns on and off is usually a sign of a relay problem. Rattling noises that occur when the fan turns the compressor 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 from the air, transferring it out of your home to produce a cool indoor climate. When the outdoor fan isn’t working properly, the heat transfer process doesn’t work right, preventing your air conditioner from adequately cooling your home.  A broken fan can also cause the system’s compressor to overheat, which could trigger the air conditioner’s safety controls, turning your air conditioner off. Overheating can also cause damage to the compressor itself, requiring home AC repair or compressor replacement.

The air conditioner has frozen condenser coils.

  • Poor airflow through your cooling system can cause ice to form 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, requiring a refrigerant charge. If your air conditioner’s condenser coils freeze up, your system will not run properly. A professional A/C repair technician can diagnose what’s causing your frozen coils, resolve it, and safely thaw your coils in order to restore cooling in your home.

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How to Choose a Contractor in Cincinnati for Your Air Conditioning Unit

Whether you need routine maintenance, emergency 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 to see what their values are. How long have they been in business? How do they approach their clients.

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.

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 insurance 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 close off your gas line, or properly disposing 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 and on their website. Your HVAC contractor should also provide a written estimate.
  • Get a written bid from any HVAC contractor. The bid should include the full pricing with a list of everything that will be done. 

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.

 

Why Choose Us

Thomas & Galbraith Heating, Cooling & Plumbing has been earning the trust of our clients by providing the best heating, cooling, and plumbing service in the Cincinnati area since 1977. We believe that WHO you choose to handle installs or repairs to your air conditioner, furnace, plumbing, drains, and sewer is the key to your satisfaction.

Available 24-7-365

One of our core values is In Service To Others. Whatever the time or day, if you need HVAC or plumbing services, our team is here for you. We are committed to meeting the needs of our clients 24/7, every day of the year. 

Thomas & Galbraith Service Area

The Thomas & Galbraith team works throughout the following zip codes shown on the map. Don’t see your location on the map? Call us… we’re growing every day!

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