In the dead of winter or middle of summer, the last thing you want is to be caught without heating and air conditioning. In fact, it’s every homeowner’s worst nightmare. Scheduling regular maintenance checks with your HVAC services company may help you avoid this situation. But when life happens and you forget to keep up with your annual appointments, you may wake up one morning with chattering teeth or in a sweaty state. If a lack of flowing air from your heating and cooling system isn’t enough of a red flag, here are a few telltale signs that you’ll need emergency HVAC repairs right away.
Weird Noises Or Odors
Under normal circumstances, your HVAC system should be silent and free of smells. So if you start to hear strange sounds or you smell a foul or plastic-like odor, you should call your HVAC services company right away. Typically, strange sounds indicate system component damage that needs to be addressed as soon as possible. And if you smell burnt wiring, shut down your system to avoid the chance of an electrical fire before calling your emergency technician.
Constant Thermostat Readjustment
You shouldn’t need to crank the AC or heat to feel a noticeable temperature difference in your home. Hot spots simply shouldn’t occur if your central HVAC system is working properly, and you definitely shouldn’t have to constantly readjust your home’s temperature all day long. If this sounds familiar, you might have an issue with your furnace or entire HVAC system distribution. While you may think it’s more of an annoyance than a true emergency, the problem is only going to get worse (and your bills are only going to get higher) if you don’t get it looked at right away.
Air Flow Of Undesirable Temperatures
In the summer time, you don’t want warm or hot air coming through your vents. Likewise, cool air will be unwelcome during the winter. If you feel air flow of the opposite temperature you want coming through your vents, you may be dealing with blocked air flow in your duct system or your filters may need to be changed. Not only will this make your home a lot less comfortable but it can force your system to work overtime to compensate. That can lead to sky-high bills and even system breakdowns. Unless you want to deal with the cost of total replacement, call your HVAC services company to take a look.
Dealing with a heating or cooling emergency probably isn’t your idea of a good time, but it’s much better to get the problem taken care of as soon as you notice it. Otherwise, you’ll be stuck in an uncomfortable home and with costly replacement bills. If you haven’t yet had your HVAC system inspected this year or have noticed changes like these, be sure to call your technician right away.