Know What to Do When You Need Emergency AC Service

We hope you’ll never need it, but it’s a good thing to know that emergency AC service is provided by many qualified, reputable HVAC contractors. Suddenly finding yourself without cooling on a hot day (or night) can be more than just uncomfortable. In severely hot weather, it can actually be hazardous to your health.

During summer heat, temperatures inside a house without air conditioning may soar high enough to pose a health threat to people with certain physical conditions, elderly residents, very young children, and even pets. When the situation demands more than a routine, scheduled service call, emergency AC service is available 24/7.

Here are signs that fast emergency response may be needed to keep temperatures safe:

  • Warm air or no air from room vents. Air that is getting hotter rather than cooler can be the result of refrigerant loss, compressor failure, or obstructed or disconnected ductwork. A qualified HVAC technician is required to trace the problem, make repairs, and restore the house to a safe temperature.
  • Ice accumulation. Ice forming on the AC evaporator coil can eventually strangle all system airflow and trigger an automatic shutdown of the AC unit. Coil icing is usually related to issues like weak air circulation or insufficient refrigerant charge, which is usually caused by a leak. This is seldom a one-time event, and shutdowns typically recur until the cause is identified and repaired.
  • Circuit breaker problems. If the main AC circuit breaker trips, all cooling stops. These events usually result from a major electrical component drawing excessive current — often the AC compressor motor or the blower fan. Resetting the circuit breaker may briefly restore air conditioning, but the problem usually quickly recurs. Qualified emergency service is required.
  • Unusual odors. Burning smells from the air-conditioner airflow or from the unit itself are reasons to shut the AC down and call emergency service. Don’t take chances with potential fire hazards due to overheated wiring or other components.

For qualified, emergency AC service when time is critical, contact Paitson Bros. For 99 years, we’ve been available 24/7 to keep Terre Haute homes comfortable and safe.

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