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How to Handle HVAC Emergencies? : A Guide by Castle Rock Heating and Air

How to Handle HVAC Emergencies? : A Guide by Castle Rock Heating and Air

Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning are essential needs for every home. And that is why an HVAC system must function properly throughout the year.

However, there are some cases when you may find your HVAC working abnormally, and certain situations can be dangerous and need immediate attention. So, here is how you can handle some common HVAC emergencies.

HVAC Emergencies & How to Handle Them?

⇒ Strong smell, smoke, or sparks coming out

A strong smell or sparks emitting from your system is a serious warning sign for an emergency HVAC repair. It can mean overheating or something burning inside your system. Turn your system off as soon as it happens.

Quick steps for an emergency:

  • Turn off the system and lubricate the motor.
  • Clear the air filter dirt if that is burning.

We suggest cutting off all the power connections as there can be a spark in the wiring, which can also lead to a fire. Call our experts quickly before it can turn into a disaster.

⇒ Unusual noise during operation

Noise from the system can result from multiple issues. If your HVAC system is making unusual noises, it can be an electrical issue or a part of your system must be loose or broken and causing friction, resulting in loud noise.

Quick steps for an emergency:

  • Remove dirt from the condenser.
  • Fix the loose screws, if any.
  • Tighten the fan blade or coil.
  • Lubricate the system.

If your system turns noisy, turn it off until you get it repaired. You can call our experts to resolve the issue with your HVAC unit. Emergency HVAC services are important to prevent any safety risks and take prompt action.

⇒ The system stops working

If your HVAC system is not working when you turn it on, that means there is some issue with the circuit breaker or thermostat. If there is no air being blown from the unit, you can check if the thermostat has the right settings.

Quick steps for an emergency:

  • Check the thermostat and turn it “on” or “auto” if it is “off.”
  • Check the unit outside and check for any ice buildup.
  • Check the air filter.

⇒ Opposite temperatures

Your system might be blowing hot air when cooling is needed or emitting cold air when heating is needed. That means there is either a wrong setting in your thermostat or your system has some serious issue.

If it does not provide cooling in extreme summer, your home will face severe heat issues. And if it is not heating in winter, the structures of your home can start freezing.

Quick steps for an emergency:

  • Check if the thermostat is mistakenly set to “heat” when you need cooling and vice versa. Keep it “auto.”
  • Change the air filter.
  • Clean the condensate drain.
  • Clean your outdoor unit.

⇒ System is leaking

If there is any water leakage from your system, that means there are some issues with the condensation or the drainage. The dripping water from your system can cause the internal units to corrode. This pooling can also damage the structure of your home.

Quick steps for an emergency:

  • Clean the condensate pipe.
  • Clean the clogged air filter.
  • Clean the drain line.
  • Check for ice buildup.
  • Replace the drain pan.

Summing Up

HVAC emergencies include the system not working, opposing temperatures, leaks, loud noise, smell, or sparkling. Above are the initial steps to take when encountering emergencies.

If any of the issues are happening with your HVAC system, we advise you not to delay and call our Castle Rock experts right away.

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