Not every glitch that occurs in your cooling or heating system requires urgent HVAC repairs. However, certain malfunctions definitely call for immediate attention by a qualified service technician to ensure home safety and/or to prevent costly damage to expensive components. That’s the reason why most reputable heating and cooling contractors offer 24/7 emergency service 365 days a year. If you suspect a system emergency that requires urgent HVAC repairs, a qualified professional response is available when you need it.
Here are a few scenarios in which urgent HVAC repairs may be necessary:
If you smell natural gas.
Most people recognize the pungent odor of natural gas. It’s a definite danger that mustn’t be ignored. If the odor seems to originate near the gas furnace or is noticed in airflow coming from HVAC vents, shut off the furnace immediately at the thermostat. Evacuate all occupants and, once outside, call 911 or the gas company. Then contact a qualified local HVAC contractor.
If the furnace shuts down.
A furnace that spontaneously turns itself off and won’t turn on again is probably a safety issue. A sensor that detects dangerously high temperatures inside the unit may trigger furnace shutdown. Because urgent HVAC repairs are often required in this situation, the unit usually cannot be restarted until a professional service tech resolves the problem and then resets the internal safety switch.
If the AC rapidly short-cycles.
“Short cycling” means the air conditioner turns on and off fast and repeatedly. While it could be something simple like a clogged air filter, more serious AC problems are also a possibility, including a refrigerant leak or an overheated compressor motor. As these can mean expensive component damage if the problem isn’t promptly resolved, professional service for urgent HVAC repairs is critical.
If monthly operating costs escalate noticeably.
If there’s no alternate explanation such as higher utility rates, an ongoing HVAC issue may be causing excess energy consumption. Instead of continuing to pay excessively high bills, get a professional opinion and needed repairs ASAP.
Whenever urgent HVAC repairs are needed, the professionals at Mowery Heating, Cooling and Plumbing are at your service.