As a homeowner, sometimes it can be challenging to know when to call for emergency AC repair and when it can wait. Of course, when the forecast calls for triple-digit temperatures and your AC won’t turn on, then it’s obviously an emergency situation. But sometimes it’s more nuanced than that.
For example, what if your AC isn’t working optimally but it’s late summer and you don’t think you’ll need it until spring? Then what should you do? It gets tricky, doesn’t it? Let’s explore this topic in detail so you’ll know when to pick up the phone pronto and when to wait it out.
Check the Forecast
Anyone who lives in Colorado Springs knows how changeful the weather is. One day it can be a pleasant 60° out, and the next day it can shoot up to the 90s. Also, considering how increasingly common periods of extreme heat are becoming, checking the forecast when your AC is acting up is essential.
That’s why if your AC isn’t working great, one of the first things you should do is check the extended forecast. If high temperatures or even worse—a forecast of several days of extreme heat—are in the near future, you should schedule an AC repair ASAP. You can’t afford to be without your AC when it’s going to be extremely hot out as this is a safety issue.
Also, consider seasonality. Is it July and your AC won’t even turn on? Is it late September and your AC is still working but its performance is just average? You can guess which situation warrants a call for emergency service and which one can wait.
Obvious Signs That It’s an AC Emergency
These situations are considered to be emergency situations that warrant a prompt call for AC repairs.
- You can detect the smell of something burning. Any burning smells coming from your AC such as the smell of burning dirt or metal parts or melted plastic aren’t good. Shut down the system entirely and call us right away. This issue carries a very real risk of electrical fire.
- There’s an issue with the compressor. Although a faulty compressor isn’t usually a safety issue, this is by far the most expensive component of your AC and sometimes a prompt repair can avoid major damage. Listen for loud noises coming from the compressor. A constant clicking noise can also mean it’s hard starting.
- There’s a refrigerant leak. Refrigerant is harmful to breathe and is a definite safety issue. The biggest sign of a refrigerant leak is an AC that isn’t cooling your home down at all, the AC is blowing hot air, the evaporator coils are icy, the airflow is weak or non-existent, and you hear hissing or bubbling noises.
If you’re not sure that your AC issue is an emergency, give us a call and we can help you determine what’s going on. We offer 24/7 emergency services because we know that AC breakdowns don’t always happen when it’s convenient
Robbins Heating & Air Conditioning serves Colorado Springs and the surrounding area. Contact us for AC repairs today.