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What’s Considered an HVAC Emergency?

Cold home with an angry couple wearing winter coats inside.Anytime your HVAC doesn’t work correctly, it can feel like an emergency. However, HVAC emergencies depend on the severity of the issue and when it happens. HVAC systems are generally safe, but some of the parts could create emergency situations.

We’re here to help you understand the difference between an HVAC emergency and regular repair needs.



A Burning Smell When the System Is On

When you first turn on your HVAC system, it may have a slightly dusty smell. Once the air blows through the ducts, the smell should go away.

If you notice burning smells, it’s a sign that something’s wrong. A burning smell in your HVAC system could mean:

  • A broken capacitor
  • An overheating motor
  • An electrical malfunction

If you smell burning from your HVAC system, you should turn off the system and call us at 713-679-9225 for emergency repairs.

HVAC System Is Tripping the Circuit Breaker

If your HVAC system keeps tripping your circuit breaker, you shouldn’t ignore it. It’s a clear sign that your HVAC system is overloading your electrical system in some way. Because electricity is involved, you should call for emergency services to have the problem diagnosed and resolved.

Cooling Mode Is Blowing Warm Air

During our blistering Houston summers, your HVAC system blowing warm air when it’s in cooling mode is an emergency. If your HVAC system can’t produce cool air during a heat wave, your safety is at risk.

A malfunctioning air conditioning system is especially problematic if you live with children, older folks, anyone with underlying health concerns, or pets.

Your Furnace or Heat Pump Isn’t Producing Heat

During a cold snap, or if the weather is below freezing and there are children, older people, or anyone whose health is compromised, not having reliable heat is an emergency. If it’s unsafe for you or someone in your household to wait for regular business hours for furnace or heat pump repairs, then consider it an emergency and call for emergency heating repairs.

No Airflow

When there’s no airflow coming from your vents, and you know your HVAC is running, it’s considered an emergency. No airflow could be a sign of a serious issue, like condenser coil problems. If left untreated, those problems could become expensive major repairs.

When You Should Call for HVAC Repair

Homeowners can tackle some HVAC repairs on their own, like changing the air filter or relighting the pilot light. If you try to DIY other HVAC repairs, you could create a larger problem, or worse, you could cause major damage to your system, your home, or yourself.

Instead, trust professional technicians to service and repair your HVAC system.

Keep in mind that regular, professional HVAC maintenance can minimize repair needs. The professional HVAC technician will inspect and clean your system and its components, making sure everything is in good working condition.

The tune-up allows them to repair minor problems before they get worse.

Schedule HVAC Repairs in the Greater Houston Area

If you need HVAC repairs in the Greater Houston Area, contact Horizon Air Solutions. Our customers are our top priority. Our ethical, honest, and professional team offers customized solutions tailored to your home and family. We back our work and products with a lifetime guarantee.

Call Horizon Air Solutions at 713-679-9225 for professional HVAC repairs and installations in the Greater Houston Area.

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