You’ve probably noticed that it can take a while before you get an available HVAC technician appointment during peak cooling and heating seasons. While they are all legitimate service calls, they’re not always emergencies. OK Heating and Air Conditioning examines why it’s important to recognize legitimate HVAC emergencies.
Troubleshoot Your HVAC First
HVAC technicians are often called to fix a problem that can be resolved by simply changing the batteries in a thermostat or resetting the circuit breaker. This is why HVAC manufacturers provide troubleshooting guides. HVAC technicians can likewise answer questions over the phone while working at another appointment. Aside from saving you time and money, doing your own troubleshooting saves technician appointments for real HVAC emergencies.
Signs of Real HVAC Emergencies
If your heater or air conditioner exhibits at least one of the following signs, you have to call your HVAC technician immediately.
- No power. If your HVAC system isn’t powering up, check a few things first. Make sure the circuit breaker isn’t tripped from the electrical panel or that someone hadn’t accidentally turned off the HVAC system. Check the electrical cables for loose connections. Don’t turn the system back on if the cables appear frayed or damaged.
- Burning smells that get worse. Your blower motor may emit a smoky or burning smell that dissipates quickly when it catches burning dust and debris. The blower can be cleaned on your next tune-up. If the smell persists or worsens, turn the HVAC system off and schedule an appointment with your technician.
- Bubbling or whistling sounds. A leak in the refrigerant line can result in increased wear and tear on your HVAC system, which may cause premature failure and higher energy use. If you hear bubbling or whistling sounds, stop using your HVAC system and schedule a repair appointment.
Call OK Heating and Air Conditioning for Your HVAC Needs
OK Heating and Air Conditioning provides heater and air conditioner repair and installation services in the Walnut Creek, Pleasanton, and Livermore areas. Call us at (925) 371-2665, or fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment.