Air Conditioning Units, Cooling Services and Products for the Greater Cincinnati Area
Living in the Cincinnati area during the summer months means you know how important it is to keep your air conditioning unit in working order to stay comfortable. Thomas & Galbraith Heating, Cooling & Plumbing is Cincinnati’s leading provider of professional cooling repairs, air conditioning unit maintenance, and air conditioning system installation and replacement work.
We’re known as the experts in Cincinnati, delivering the air conditioners, air handlers, and heat pumps homeowners need to maintain comfort indoors throughout the summer months. If you ever have a problem with the temperature in your home, we’re on call and ready to help.
Contact us to have a skilled HVAC technician perform any of the following cooling services:
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Types of Cooling System Services in Cincinnati
Thomas & Galbraith Heating, Cooling & Plumbing performs maintenance, repairs, and installation for various types of cooling systems, including:
- Air Conditioners
- Air Handlers
- Heat Pumps
- Ductless Air Conditioners
Base Your Choice on Comfort, Not Budget
Your HVAC system plays a huge role in how you feel at home every day and night. Of course, it also consumes a substantial among of energy each month. The right cooling unit for your Cincinnati home delivers ideal comfort indoors with valuable energy saving features.
Look beyond the initial cost of a new central air conditioning unit or system repairs to evaluate which solutions are poised to deliver the best comfort to your family. When upgrading to a new air conditioner, homeowners gain peace of mind through reliable new equipment and fresh warranty coverage. For many, it makes more financial sense to ditch a failing cooling system in favor of an air conditioning unit upgrade, as a new system delivers the reliability needed to carry your household through several summers with comfort and ease. New air conditioning systems offer higher efficiency ratings than aging models, helping you save more with every dollar you invest in your cooling system upgrade.
When your air conditioning isn’t working, you need fast, experienced help to get it up and running again
Thomas & Galbraith Heating, Cooling & Plumbing provides quick and professional air conditioning installation, maintenance, repair, and service for all types of air conditioning systems. We’re on call and ready to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our Comfort Consultants are ready to assist you in reviewing the many options available when it comes to repairing or replacing your central air conditioning system.
We help you find the best option that meets your needs and budget. Our cooling system technicians provide skilled repair, maintenance, and replacement, to ensure a job done right no matter which route you choose for your home’s comfort control.
How much does new air conditioning unit installation cost?
Installing a new cooling system varies in price, as the needs of one Cincinnati home varies from its neighbor. Cooling capacity, energy efficiency rating, and system features all weigh in on price. Upgrading to a new central air conditioning unit or ductless system runs several thousand dollars.
Some air conditioning unit repairs can cost thousands of dollars as well. Many homeowners choose to upgrade their unit instead of making repairs to the old model when repair costs total half or more of the cost to purchase and install a new air conditioner.
Find the best air conditioner for your Cincinnati home
There are many options available to Cincinnati homeowners who wish to upgrade their cooling systems. Find the best choice for your needs that fits within your budget when you work with Thomas & Galbraith’s Comfort Consultants. As a Carrier Factory Authorized Dealer, we help you evaluate new cooling system equipment options manufactured by Carrier, an HVAC industry leader. Our technicians are factory trained to install these systems accurately, ensuring proper performance now and for many years to come.
Find Quality Solutions to Improve Comfort
Air conditioning services from Thomas & Galbraith help Cincinnati homeowners maintain comfortable indoor living areas throughout the year. When air conditioning systems aren’t able to deliver proper performance and air conditioning, professional solutions help you avoid discomfort as well as extra costs. Work with our Comfort Consultants to determine if air conditioning unit installation is a wise investment for your family, or if simple air conditioner repair or maintenance can improve your comfort. We aim to find solutions that deliver the best value, no matter your budget.
Cooling Troubleshooting to Try Before Calling Our Cooling Experts
Not all problems with an A/C system require a skilled technician to fix. Depending on the issue, you may be able to diagnose the problem and fix it without needing a professional. Follow the guide below when you think something’s wrong with your cooling or central air unit. If you would prefer to have our team take a look, we are happy to do so.
Does your air conditioner have power?
- Set the thermostat’s fan settings to ON to determine if your system has power.
- Reset electrical breakers at the panel if this test does not produce results or the thermostat is blank.
Check for air coming out of your vents.
- Ensure registers and return air grilles throughout the house are unobstructed and blowing air.
Check your thermostat’s batteries.
- Does your thermostat use batteries? Some models have battery backup power even if they are connected to the home’s electrical system. Check to see that the thermostat is powered – if the display doesn’t work, change the unit’s batteries.
Inspect air filters.
- Furnace filters need to be changed on a regular basis. If it has been awhile since you have installed a new filter, your current one could be clogged with contaminants, preventing cooling from reaching your home. Try installing a new filter.
Unit cycles on and off.
- Is an air register blowing directly onto the thermostat?
- Have you checked your air filter for clogs or debris?
- If you’ve checked the above and still have a problem, you could have the wrong size unit installed, which requires professional help.
Make sure your power is on.
- Does your home have power, or is there an outage?
- Check each unit’s ON/OFF switch and make sure it is in the ON position.
Make sure the outside unit doesn’t have obstructions.
- If lawn debris accumulate against the outside unit’s fins, it may not be able to draw in adequate airflow for operation. Clean away all sticks, grass clippings, leaves, and other debris and keep at least two feet of space clear surrounding the unit.
Check your thermostat temperature.
- The temperature setting on your thermostat should be set lower than your home’s indoor temperature.
- Select COOL on your thermostat.
If you have an air handler, check the following:
- Check all access panels on the outside of the unit to ensure none are loose – safety switches may prevent the unit from operating if access panels are not fully installed.
- Look at the drip pan to see if it is draining – a clog in the pan or the connected condensate lines may be stopping moisture from flowing out.
Check condensate lines.
- Condensate lines can become blocked by dirt or debris. If you think your line might be blocked, blow compressed air through the pipe. This should dislodge any obstructions. Next pour a solution of half-bleach and half-water through the piping to treat for mold growth, which can obstruct the line.
Is your air conditioner freezing up?
- Check to see if your filter needs to be replaced. A dirty air filters can cause your system to freeze up due to dust and dirt blocking the airflow.
- If it’s not the filter, check the coils for dirt and check vents for obstructions.
- A broken air handler fan or a low refrigerant charge could also be the culprit, which require professional correction.
Helpful Cooling and Air Conditioning Terminology to Know
You’ll have an easier time making informed decisions about your air conditioning unit if you understand the words and acronyms used by our HVAC team. Some common terms are listed below to help you understand our lingo.
An air handler is the part of an HVAC system that regulates and circulates air. The air handler is usually located indoors and looks a large metal container. It houses a blower motor to circulate air as well as heating and/or cooling coils.
Air volume distributed through the cooling system.
The boot is composed of sheet metal and creates a transition between ductwork and the grille or register that allows air in or out of the duct system.
Checking the Charge
This term refers to refrigerant within your cooling system. Your technician may check your system’s charge to determine if it contains the proper volume of refrigerant to detect leaks.
Air conditioners contain two coils that assist in the transfer of heat: the indoor evaporator coil and the outdoor condenser coil.
The compressor is housed in the outside portion of your air conditioning system. It’s responsible for increasing refrigerant pressure and temperature before refrigerant reaches the condenser coils.
Air conditioners work by absorbing excess heat from the home and expelling it outdoors. Indoor coils extract heat as air blows over, and refrigerant transports heat through the system out to the compressor and condenser coils, where it is released into the outdoor air.
Fan Coil Unit
A fan coil unit heats or cools a room using a coil and a fan. Indoor air moves across the coil and is heated or cooled before being pushed back out into the room. It does not require connection to ductwork.
Geothermal Heat Pump
Sometimes called a ground source heat pump or GSHP, a geothermal heat pump extracts heat from the Earth and uses this energy to heat the home. It also uses the Earth as a receptacle to deposit excess heat during the cooling process.
The cover that fits over the return air vents in a home.
Heat pumps are a type of HVAC system that can heat and cool homes through the transfer of heat. Heat is transferred between indoor and outdoor air to achieve comfortable temperatures within the home.
Refrigerant is a chemical used in air conditioners that changes form as it moves through the air conditioner to move heat. You may have heard it referred to as freon. Air conditioners in most homes use either R-22, which began a phase-out in 2010, or R-410A, which is more environmentally friendly.
A split system air conditioner has a box with the condensing unit located outside the home and another box inside the home that has the air handler and evaporator coil. The two units are connected with refrigerant lines running between the equipment.
Zoning is a way of controlling the temperature in different rooms in a home separately. It’s usually done using separate controls for each space and dampers within the ductwork that control air flow to the zone.
Frequently Asked Questions
The most common problems an air conditioner will experience: A/C doesn’t turn on, not blowing cold air, A/C leak, making loud noises, and your A/C freezing up outside the unit.
There are many issues that could prevent your air conditioner from working correctly. One issue could be that you have a blocked or clogged condenser coil.
Most air conditioning units will last 12-20 years, depending on the type of system and how well kept the system is.
It would be recommended to increase the set point of your thermostat when you are away. We do not recommend turning off the unit entirely as it will take a significant amount of energy to bring the home back down to temperature and can introduce problems for appliances and furniture if the temperature and humidity get too high.
Dirty filters will cause poor cold air flow in your air conditioning system. This can cause more severe problems, such as your air conditioner freezing up and becoming inoperable.
Usually this happens because the compressor/outside unit has a problem, or your A/C is low on refrigerant.
Loud noises from your air conditioner can indicate that something is seriously wrong with your unit. The first thing you should do is turn off the system and call a professional to diagnose the problem.
Before resetting your air conditioner you should turn off your A/C at your thermostat. Once the unit is turned off, go to your circuit breaker box and reset the air conditioner from there. Wait 30 minutes, then turn the thermostat for your A/C back to the cool setting.
Signs that your A/C unit is broken include: uncomfortable temperatures inside your home, vents pumping warm air, and loud noises coming from your air conditioner.
For your air conditioning unit to run efficiently and effectively, regular maintenance is required. Preventative maintenance keeps your unit healthy and helps prevent larger issues from happening.
It’s recommended that you should clean your air conditioning coils at least once a year.
More advanced systems may run longer but at a lower energy level to increase the efficiency of the unit and comfort of the home.
SEER ratings measure the maximum energy efficiency over the range of expected seasonal temperatures. In general, good SEER values range from 14 to 16 for air conditioning units. These are most common. There are more efficient unit available to decrease the energy costs of your home.
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