The Most Common HVAC Emergencies
You have to have confidence that your HVAC system will perform as it was designed to perform during any time of the year. Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) components are responsible for keeping you comfortable during any range of temperatures from sweltering hot summers to cold, frigid winters. In the winter, your furnace needs to function properly in order to endure the coldest temperatures.
Like any mechanical device, HVAC systems break down from time to time. Sometimes, fixes are as simple as flipping your breaker on and off. Other times, a dirty air filter might need to be replaced. And then there are HVAC emergencies.
An emergency, or an urgent and unexpected problem that causes a component to fail, can be a serious problem during a frigid winter. You’ll need to have an HVAC contractor in your area to contact in the event of an HVAC emergency.
You should know an emergency when it occurs, especially if you happen to be caught off-guard during the holidays. These are some of the most common HVAC emergencies you may come across:
- Failure of the ignition or pilot light, which is essential for converting your gas supply into usable heat
- Breakdown due to old age, which may be expected of AC units and furnaces that are over 10 years old
- Thermostat malfunction, which prevents communication between your thermostat settings and the units themselves
- Leaking refrigerant fluid, a preventable problem attributed to a lack of sufficient AC service in recent months
- Electrical system failure or a failure to turn on or operate at all that stems from a unit’s power source
- Sensor problems, which an HVAC contractor will work to prevent during an annual tune-up
- Clogged or otherwise improper drainage, a problem that may lead to flooding if you keep an AC unit indoors.
There are many ways to prevent problems with your heating and air conditioning system. First, you should be sure to hire an HVAC service technician to inspect your system at least once a year. Most professional contractors recommend you have your furnace and air conditioner inspected twice a year, once before summer and once before winter. The reason for this is they can inspect any damage to the unit that has been in use recently and prepare the unit for the next season.
If your furnace has not been inspected for a long time, or you can’t remember when the last time it was inspected, give John D. Jones AC, Heating and Refrigeration a call to inspect it. They will work to prevent common emergencies that cause your system to fail when you need it most.
John D. Jones AC, Heating and Refrigeration is a family owned, family operated HVAC contractor having served the Tallahassee area for more than 20 years. To schedule an appointment, send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call at 850-539-7294.