How to Know if You Need Emergency HVAC Repair
Posted on: September 25, 2019
From refrigerant and drainage issues to faulty compressor fans, there are many potential problems that can pop up in your A/C unit. Many of these issues will become apparent as units kick into full gear the spring. Learn more about the symptoms that indicate an HVAC Emergency.
Regular maintenance tends to keep your HVAC system in good working order. Refrigerant and drainage issues, iced evaporators, and faulty compressor fans, though, are just some of the serious issues that indicate an emergency HVAC repair is in order.
If you notice any of the following signs and symptoms with your home’s unit, call a licensed HVAC professional right away.
The AC Isn’t Working
It might sound pretty obvious, but if you’ve tried the usual easy fixes like checking the thermostat settings and battery, confirming the power is working, and checking and/or replacing the air filter, then it’s time to shut the system down completely before further damage to the unit occurs. A professional can then diagnose and repair the system before it gets turned back on.
There’s Ice on Your AC Unit
Considering Jacksonville’s moderate climate, it might come as a shock to see ice on your AC unit. What’s going on? The evaporator coil freezes when the refrigerant flowing through the copper tubes gets too cold which, in turn, causes the moisture in the surrounding air to freeze. The most common culprit for this happening is a freon leak that results in a low level of refrigerant. Freon is a dangerous substance and can seriously affect you and your family’s health. Call in a pro immediately.
You’ve Noticed a Spike in Your Electricity Bills
Higher bills are normal during the peaks of summer and winter, but a drastic, sudden, and unprecedented change could be a sign of a wiring problem.
You Smell Something Strange
AC units in good working order should never give off an odor. A burning smell emitting from your HVAC system is not a good sign and could indicate either a chemical leak or a serious electrical problem. If you smell something unusual, cut off power to the system and contact your local HVAC emergency repair specialist.
Keep Your HVAC System Maintained
Mild outside temperatures can reduce the “urgency” of an HVAC emergency, but if you’re in the middle of a heatwave or humidity levels are affecting your home’s comfort level, an emergency call is definitely in order.
To help prevent HVAC emergencies, twice-yearly maintenance goes a long way to improving your system’s abilities. The benefits of regular maintenance are measurable:
- Lower energy bills due to the system working at peak efficiency.
- Fewer emergency calls and repairs.
- Longer equipment life.
Finally, staying on top of your HVAC system’s maintenance means it runs more safely, protecting your family against things like short circuits and chemical leaks.
Have an HVAC emergency or want to learn more about keeping your HVAC system running at maximum efficiency? Our experienced team is ready to show you just how easy it can be. Get in touch with us online today or by calling (904) 724-7211 to discuss all things HVAC-related, including installing new efficient air conditioning and heating systems in your Jacksonville home.