No homeowner wants to spend their hard-earned money on emergency HVAC repairs. The best way to avoid the need for urgent repairs is to take proper care of your HVAC system with routine maintenance and annual tune-ups. Still, it’s important to be able to recognize when an emergency repair may be warranted.
By being aware of a few of the most common signs that you need emergency HVAC repair, you can act quickly and contact an experienced HVAC professional for help when major issues arise.
While no air conditioning unit is going to operate 100% quietly (and some models are noisier than others), you should have a general idea of what your AC unit sounds like during “normal” operation. If you’re noticing that your air conditioning system is running a lot louder than usual, then it’s probably time to call an HVAC technician for help.
In some cases, an excessively noisy AC unit could indicate a major issue such as air trapped in the coolant lines. A mechanical grinding noise could indicate a problem with the compressor or motor. Lastly, hissing noises could signify a refrigerant leak that needs to be addressed before further damage to the system occurs.
It’s frustrating when your air conditioning unit is only kicking out warm air, leaving your home hot and uncomfortable. When this happens, a call to an HVAC professional is almost always required. Sometimes, the problem could be a faulty air compressor; in other cases, a simple blockage in your vents could be to blame. Regardless, you’ll need an HVAC professional to sort it out.
If you’re noticing that your air conditioning system seems to be turning on and off more frequently than usual, this could indicate that you have a problem with your thermostat or even an issue with the electrical connection on your unit. Either way, you’ll want to have this checked out by a qualified HVAC technician as soon as possible.
Unfortunately, visible ice forming on your air conditioning unit (including the outdoor compressor unit) can be a sign that the unit’s evaporator coils are not working properly. This can happen when you have a clogged filter, grime, or a leak. This needs to be repaired promptly as ice buildup can quickly cause damage to the rest of the unit.
If your air conditioning is running properly, your indoor humidity levels should hover somewhere between about 30% and 50%. This will keep your home feeling comfortable while also inhibiting mildew and mold growth. Unfortunately, if your air conditioning isn’t working properly, you may notice high humidity levels that keep your home feeling uncomfortable even when the indoor temperature is low.
Strange smells coming from your AC unit or from your vents while the AC is running need to be investigated by an HVAC professional. These can be caused by anything from grime/debris buildup to dead animals in your ductwork.
If your air conditioning unit seems to be frequently tripping your home’s circuit breaker, this is not something you should ignore; it could be the sign of an underlying electrical issue either with your electrical panel or the AC unit itself. It’s best to have this issue checked out right away to avoid the risk of an electrical fire.
The same concept applies to your furnace; if your home’s circuit breaker is being tripped regularly when the furnace is running, this should be considered an emergency due to the increased fire risk.
A gas furnace that emits a “rotten egg” smell during operation is also an emergency, as this odor is often the sign of a gas leak. If you notice this smell, evacuate your home immediately and contact your local gas company. You’ll also want to call your trusted HVAC professionals to check out your furnace.
The pilot light/flame in your gas furnace should always be mostly blue. If it is more of a yellow color, there is a chance that your furnace is kicking out higher levels of a poisonous gas known as carbon monoxide. This is something that needs to be addressed by an HVAC emergency repair expert.
Boilers that have a leak or a broken valve will often have steam coming out of them or even puddles of water around them. If this isn’t handled promptly, the leaking can lead to significant water damage in your home—so you’ll want to treat this as an HVAC emergency.
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