How To Know If You Need Emergency HVAC Repairs

How to know when you have an HVAC emergency

We’ve all been there, you are hosting a get-together and have everything planned out, and your heat shuts off and suddenly your whole house is freezing. You’ve got yourself an HVAC  emergency. 

How to know when you have an HVAC emergency 

1. Your heater or air conditioner won’t turn on 

Now this is an obvious one, but also this is not always an emergency. However, if temperatures are extreme (super hot in the summer, or really cold in the winter) this could warrant an emergency. If you can’t get the system to turn on yourself, be sure to call a professional as soon as possible so that you can get your home or business back to normal temperatures. 

2. The temperature on your thermostat and the temperature in your space don’t match 

 This could be an issue with your thermostat, but it also could be an issue with your HVAC system. Either way, it’s smart to call in the professionals when this happens. 

3. The fan on your air conditioner isn’t working 

 If you notice that the fan on your air conditioning unit is no longer spinning, this is a sign that your air conditioner isn’t working properly. 

4. Your air conditioner is pumping warm or hot air 

This is a common side effect when your air conditioner is experiencing problems. Double-check your thermostat to make sure it is still set to cooling mode and consult an air conditioning technician for help. 

5. Your HVAC unit is running constantly or more frequently than usual 

 Although it is normal for your unit to run more often when temperatures are extreme, frequent cycling is a telltale sign that there is an issue with your unit and it needs to be addressed. 

6. You are experiencing leaking or ice around your air conditioner 

 This is always a sign that there is something wrong with your air conditioner and you should seek emergency plumbing services as soon as possible. 

How do you prevent an HVAC emergency?

Complete prevention is impossible to achieve because just like humans, HVAC systems can be unpredictable. However, you can cut down your chances of getting into an emergency situation by being proactive about your HVAC maintenance. Try these crucial steps to ensure you don’t end up in HVAC turmoil. 

  • Schedule annual HVAC system checkups with a professional
  • Switch out your air filters regularly
  • Test your system during moderate weather conditions prior to the start of a new season (before winter and summer)
  • Pay attention to the noises, smells, and functionality of your system 

Count on Stephens Plumbing, Heating, and Air Conditioning during an Emergency

Okay so maybe you took all of the precautions (or not) and something still isn’t right with your heating and air conditioning system. If you find yourself in a situation where you need emergency assistance, be sure to turn your HVAC unit off immediately and call Stephens Plumbing, Heating, and Air Conditioning. Here at Stephens, we are certified in handling all of your HVAC and plumbing emergencies; so at the first sign of trouble, call us!