4 HVAC Emergencies That Should be Taken Seriously

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In addition to keeping up with HVAC technology trends, you should also be aware of which kinds of air conditioning problems shouldn’t be put off for later. In today’s post, air conditioning technicians at McLay Services discuss the HVAC emergencies that need to be taken seriously.

Refrigerant leaks — Refrigerant, or coolant, is a substance that, when put under different amounts of pressure, generates warm and cool air in heat pumps and cool air in air conditioners. Unlike fuel, it isn’t consumable. A leak in the refrigerant lines will result in higher energy consumption, because the less refrigerant the HVAC system has, the more it has to work to provide conditioned air.

Clogged drain lines — Part of an air conditioner’s function is to take moisture from the air. This moisture is then disposed of through the condensate drain line and collected into a pan at the bottom. Sometimes these lines can get clogged, which could result in damage to the HVAC system’s outdoor unit if the water backs up into it. If clogs in the lines can’t be easily removed, call an AC repair technician as soon as possible.

Electrical problems — Issues with the HVAC system’s electrical components can be caused by anything from manufacturing errors to faulty wiring. If the HVAC system stops working, try to isolate the issue by checking your breaker, then inspect the wires for damage. Reset your thermostat and see if the HVAC system will respond to it. If nothing seems to work, call your HVAC technician. It helps to inspect your HVAC system and run it for a few minutes during the off-season. This way, if you need to have it repaired, a few days without having AC won’t be a burden.

Gas leaks — Gas-fired furnaces may not be as commonplace as they once were, but if your home is equipped with one, make it a point to take precautions against gas leaks. Always be aware of where the gas main is, and if you smell a gas leak—natural gas has an additive that makes it smell like rotten eggs—turn off the gas, get out of the house, and call for assistance.

Call McLay Services for Your HVAC Repair & Maintenance Needs

Whether you need air conditioning repairs or a new surge protector for your AC unit, McLay can help. Give us a call at (909) 392-2202. You can also fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment. We serve customers in La Verne, CA, and surrounding communities.

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