Man fanning himself with paper due to broken AC unit.

AC Red Flags – When to Call for Emergency Services

As outdoor temperatures continue increasing, you’ll be relying on your air conditioner more and more to keep you cool. The last thing you want is to flip the switch one day and find that your AC is no longer working.

Proper maintenance can help keep an HVAC system working for many years without ever creating a problem. However, even the best-maintained systems sometimes develop issues that may require you to call in an emergency technician. Here are some signs that you want to look out for which could indicate a severe problem on the horizon:

Electrical Issues

Your air conditioning system is built to integrate with your home’s electrical system in such a way that you don’t experience anything besides relief when you turn it on. However, when you switch on the AC, in some cases, you may notice that your lights flicker or you hear a distinct buzzing noise that you hadn’t seen before. 

Flickering lights, buzzing sounds, and a smoke smell are all signs that something is going seriously wrong with your HVAC system’s electrical wiring, and it needs to be addressed ASAP before it has an opportunity to start a fire.

Water Damage

You may not associate your HVAC system with water damage, but if you’ve noticed signs of a leak coming from your favorite summertime appliance, you may want to call an AC emergency technician.

Your AC isn’t designed to hold a lot of water, but if there’s a blockage somewhere, a dirty air filter, or other issues present, then condensation can form pretty quickly, and that water can lead to significant damage if left unchecked.

It Doesn’t Turn On

An obvious indicator that your HVAC system is experiencing a severe issue is when it fails to turn on altogether.

Unlike situations such as those discussed previously, if your HVAC system doesn’t turn on, it may not be an issue that presents an immediate health risk to you and your family. However, because the system will usually run when experiencing issues — albeit inefficiently — a total failure suggests a serious problem has occurred and needs to be addressed.

To find out more or schedule an AC emergency service, call the Scott Hale team today!