A.C. Repair–When to Call HVAC 911

A.C. Repair work should happen before things go bad or the temps get hot.Has your A.C. unit stopped cooling, makes weird sounds or smells funny? If so, you are in for an A.C. repair 911 call.

I am not sure you remember the summer of 1972, but the temperature hit 110 degrees one day. If it happened once, it can happen again and a summer with temperatures like that would be hotter than . . . well, you know what I mean.

If your A.C. quits working on the hottest day of the summer, you’ll probably be spouting a few choice words yourself. That’s why it’s important to routinely inspect your air conditioning unit to make sure there aren’t dirt and debris blocking the vents and that you remember to change the air filter as needed to prevent dirt from clogging the intake.

Even when you have checked off all of the usual maintenance steps to keep the air conditioner operating at its best, there can still be problems. You need to know the signs that indicate it’s time to put in a 911 to your HVAC company for them to come do some A.C. repair.

Lack of Cool Air — You Need A.C. Repair Assistance

If the air conditioner isn’t cooling your home like it is supposed to, this could be a sign of a failed compressor. You definitely need to contact an HVAC specialist for A.C. repair as soon as possible to determine if this is a problem with the compressor or it just that the system is low on freon, which also requires your expert to repair.

Moisture — You Need A.C. Repair Assistance

If you notice moisture or leaks around the A.C. unit, you should contact someone knowledgeable in A.C. repair to make sure that the refrigerant, freon, isn’t leaking.

When there is leaking freon, it can pose a serious health risk for your family, so you need it repaired immediately.

You should also call for A.C. repair if water puddles under the air conditioner. Water puddling may be an indication of a blockage in the drain tube. This type of problem can be fixed rather quickly, but if you delay repairs it may cause the growth of mold and mildew, more health risks in themselves.

Unusual Noises — You Need A.C. Repair Assistance

It is common to hear sounds from the air conditioner, such as when it kicks on. However, if you notice unusual sounds such as a grinding, squealing or grating noise, any of these could indicate a number of different problems.

  • In some situations a squealing noise may be coming from a broken or loose belt, which can be quickly repaired by an air conditioning repair company.
  • Squealing sounds could be a sign that the one or more of the metal components need lubrication.
  • A grinding noise can come from broken bearings in the motor. If you hear that grinding noise, turn the air conditioner off and contact an A.C. repair company immediately.

Bad Odors — You Need A.C. Repair Assistance

No odor should come from the air conditioning unit or when the fan is blowing. If you notice a foul or pungent smell, it may be from worn out wire insulation, which can pose an electrical danger to your family.

First turn off the air conditioner and then contact a professional HVAC company to inspect the unit.

  • If you smell a musty odor, it typically means there is mold or mildew inside the air conditioning unit and/or the ductwork.
  • If there is mold, you should not attempt to remove it alone because this poses a significant health risk. This is another case where you need to sound out a 911 to a  professional A.C. repair company.

One of the easiest ways to prevent unexpected breakdowns or repair costs is to schedule a routine maintenance and service appointment with your local HVAC company. During a routine maintenance and service inspection, the technician will conduct a visual inspection of all A.C. components, do a full system performance test, check for leaks and check the air filter. If there are any problems the technician will be able to make the necessary A.C. repairs, preventing possible damage and the risk of the air conditioner completely breaking down. If you have any question or need to make an HVAC 911 call, you can always call us at  Affordable Heating and Air at 707-953-3345.

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About Chris Carpenter

Chris Carpenter has owned Affordable Heating and Air for 25 years. Chris is a fully factory-trained technician with a wealth of knowledge about heating and air conditioning. He enjoys educating homeowners about the pros and cons of each systems so they can make an informed decision when addressing their needs. Chris’s son and business partner, Paul, has been working with him for the last three years and their key to success is “being professional, honest and forthright in all our dealings and treating people as they would like to be treated.” You can reach Chris by calling 707-953-3345 at Affordable Heating and Air.

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