Is It Really An HVAC Emergency?
A lot of HVAC concerns don’t happen during normal nine to five business hours. Instead, they often happen at the most inopportune times. Ever had the heat go out right before a large dinner party? Or your air conditioner stop working on the hottest day of the year?
In your eyes, these aren’t just emergencies, they are potential disasters. But are they worth calling in emergency services for?
Start by thinking about risk
When temperatures drop outside, your inside temperature falls along with it, albeit slower. But if your heat pump or furnace isn’t working, temperatures can keep falling along with it.
Likewise, in the summer heat, as the temperatures rise to double digits and beyond, your home’s interior temperatures creep up with it. That puts your home’s occupants at risk.
Both of these are considered HVAC emergencies, especially if you have young children, elderly, or pets at home that can’t speak up for themselves.
Don’t forget safety concerns
It’s also important to watch the little things associated with your heating and cooling equipment. If you see leaks around the equipment, see sparks or smell a burning smell, don’t take a “wait and see” approach. Safety is your first concern; if you suspect something might be wrong, it’s better to check it out.
That’s also a reason to ensure your safety precautions are up to date. When was the last time you checked your smoke detector and carbon monoxide alarms to ensure they work properly?
Aren’t sure if it’s an emergency?
There are a few things you can try first to see if you can fix the problem yourself.
- Check your thermostat. Is it set properly? Did any of the buttons accidentally get bumped into a different mode?
- Check your circuit box and ensure a breaker hasn’t been tripped.
- Check to see if there is ice buildup on your air conditioner. Shut it down until the ice melts before turning it back on to see if it returns to full function.
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