Steele Heating & Cooling: Generations of good service in Chelsea


Braden Steele, Pat Steele, Tom Steele Sr, Tom Steele Jr, Thomas Steele III. photo by Savannah Steele

Steele Heating & Cooling has a new home that gives this locally-owned and operated family business an even better spot to do what they do best, and that’s making sure their customers are satisfied.

Whether it’s replacing a heating system or installing a new generator, Steele Heating & Cooling says it aims to be the best it can be.

Located at 18620 W. Old US-12, Steele Heating & Cooling has built their new shop themselves. It fits their exact needs for their goals moving forward. The new building is a 4,000 square foot space with office, work shop and showroom areas.

The previous home base was in a 1,200 square foot pole barn.

“This is a good spot for us,” said Tom Steele Jr. of the new building. “We are close to I-94 and we have more space. One of our goals is to service even more customers.”

This is a local Chelsea business that goes back generations when it began in the early 1950s. It started with John Steele Sr. growing the business and developing its reputation. This continued under Tom Steele Sr., who took over the business from his father in 1972.

Fast forward to 2021, Tom Sr. can still be found lending a hand, but the business is now run by his sons, Tom Jr. and Patrick Steele.

In sitting down with all three of them, The Sun Times News quickly realized that they care deeply about their work.

From Tom Sr. looking back at the decades of service they’ve provided to other families and businesses in the community to Tom Jr. and Patrick citing the generations of their family dedicated to not only the business, but also to their community and its schools, it’s evident that Steele Heating & Cooling has a long history and bright future.

“We’re truly a hometown business,” said Patrick.

He said it’s their name on the work trucks, so it’s very important that they deliver a good, quality service.

That motivates them on a daily basis.

All three also emphasized that they understand the importance of family and community in all that they do.

As for the family business, their goals are to continue to offer excellent customer service. They use some of the best products and parts on the market while employing a staff that is fully devoted to high standards of integrity, honesty, and loyalty.

“We work to do the best that we can,” Tom Jr. said of their staff, which includes his son, Thomas Steele III, and Patrick’s son, Braden.

Their services include heating, cooling, indoor air quality, comfort control, back-up power, and water heating and new construction.

The areas they have served are not just in Chelsea and the surrounding towns, but it includes a wide array of southeastern Michigan communities, from Adrian to Livonia and Wixom, and many places in between.

To learn more about Steele Heating & Cooling and what they offer, go to or call them at (734) 385-2436.

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