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Signs That Your HVAC Needs Emergency Repair

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Signs That Your HVAC Needs Emergency Repair

Your Bay Area home can turn dangerously hot or cold if there is an issue with any part of the HVAC system. There are certain HVAC problems that aren’t too serious and can wait until you book an appointment for repair. Pertaining to this, there are others that are considered immediate concerns and need emergency repair. You should have an emergency HVAC technician take a look at the system if you notice any of the following signs.

1. Furnace Not Producing Warm Air

You need your furnace to stay warm when the temperatures drop during winter months. A home can become dangerously cold if the furnace is unable to produce warm air. Generally, errors with thermostat settings cause the dip in temperature. With that said, you should call emergency repair service if the thermostat is set correctly, and the problem persists.

These are a few issues that may prevent the blowing of warm air from the furnace:

  • Dirty air filter

  • Pilot light issues

  • High-limit switch failure

  • Clogged condensate hose

  • Dirty or worn flame sensor

  • Blocked burner

Any of these problems may prevent your furnace from blowing cold air when you need it the most. In such situations, an emergency AC repair service can be helpful. The service provider will immediately send a tech for inspecting the furnace and determining the root cause. They will resolve the problem and restore heat.

2. Not Getting Cold Air from the Air Conditioner

Indoor temperature is usually higher than outdoor temperature. When the temperature outside is 90 degrees, you can be sure that indoor temperatures are not below 100 degrees. You need your air conditioner to stay cool, comfortable, and safe from the outside heat. Again, you should check the thermostat setting if the air conditioner is unable to produce cold air.

You may want to check the air filter as well. It can easily clog if you neglected to replace it. This may cause the system to overheat and shut down. These are a few common issues preventing the unit from producing cold air:

  • Failed outdoor compressor

  • Frozen evaporator coils

  • Refrigerant leak

3. Foul Smelling Unit

An HVAC unit should only produce odorless and clean air. Don’t wait in calling the repair techs if you smell something foul. Possible causes can impact the safety of your family and home. Rotten eggs, mold, and burning are a few common odors that warrant emergency repair. The smell of rotten eggs, when the furnace is running, indicates a serious gas leak. You should immediately shut down the furnace if you smell sulfur or rotten eggs.

Gas leaks can easily cause an explosion. You can call 911 in such a scenario. The dispatcher will send the fire department to cut gas service. You call an HVAC technician later to fix the furnace and leak. A moldy smell usually indicates mold in the ductwork. The ductwork is hidden and dark – the perfect environment for mold spores. Mold can be a major health concern for your family.

The smell of something burning should again send you running for emergency repair professionals. Don’t forget to turn off the air conditioner immediately and call the technicians. Generally, a burning smell indicates a problem with the wiring. This can start an electrical fire if the problem is not taken care of quickly.

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