If there’s anything we care about most here at Dayco Systems, it’s the comfort of our customers. Without you, we wouldn’t be able to provide the great products and services we do throughout Canton and the surrounding communities. So when you have an HVAC problem, we’re here to address it for you, right away.
Of course, not all HVAC system problems are emergencies. At least, they don’t always have to be! The best way to avoid unexpected problems, of course, is with routine, annual HVAC maintenance. This service helps our technicians spot small problems before they become much bigger ones. Of course, if you skipped maintenance or your system is getting up there in age (10-15 years) you may have one of the following common emergencies happen in your home.
Air Conditioning System Failure
We still have plenty of warm weather ahead and an air conditioning system failure is the absolute last thing you and your family need. But is it truly an emergency?
First off, what exactly is going on with your air conditioner… is it not cooling enough? The first thing you should check is your thermostat. Ensure that it’s reading the temperature correctly, set to where you expect, and that it’s not on “fan only” mode. Next, check the air filter. If it’s clogged up this will restrict airflow, which can make it seem like your air conditioner isn’t sufficiently cooling.
Lastly, check that the circuit breaker hasn’t tripped. Your HVAC systems account for half of all your home’s energy use, so overloading the system is possible, especially with the workout your air conditioner gets.
If you’ve checked all of this and your air conditioner is still failing to work or isn’t working as it should, it’s time to give us a call! You might have damaged ductwork, a refrigerant leak, or a failing component.
Alright so it’s not quite time to worry about this one–as we mentioned above there are still some warm days ahead! But still, this is one of the most common HVAC emergencies that we get called for. And it can be caused by a number of things. In a heat pump system, it might be a refrigerant leak, whereas in a furnace it could be a problem with the heat exchangers.
Air conditioners and heat pump systems use a substance called refrigerant in the cooling process. Upon manufacturing, your system is supplied with enough refrigerant to ideally last the system’s entire lifespan. If the system is losing refrigerant, it means there is a leak.
When leaks occur by the outdoor unit, it still needs quick attention but it’s not necessarily dangerous. However, if you have a ductless system then each indoor air handler has a line behind it that carries refrigerant. Having a refrigerant leak inside your home can be hazardous.
Then when it comes to your heater, you want to consider the heat exchangers. If one cracks–a rare problem but more common 10-15 year old furnaces–then it can cause carbon monoxide to leak into your home, which is very dangerous. If you hear a clicking sound coming from your furnace, it could very well be this gas leaking from the heat exchanger. Do not hesitate–turn off your furnace and give us a call.
Issues That Are Not an HVAC Emergency
- A clogged air filter: You should be changing yoru HVAC air filter every 1-3 months during periods of use. The timing of this will depend on the type of air filter it is and the level of contaminants in your home. For instance, a home with a lot of pet dander will have greater air filtration needs than one without.
- A tripped circuit breaker: Like we mentioned above, because of how much use you get out of your air conditioner, it can overload your electrical system and trip the circuit breaker. Reset the breaker and try turning your AC on again.
- HVAC Maintenance: Maintenance is a vital service, but not an emergency one. In fact, maintenance helps prevent emegencies.
Do You Need Emergency HVAC Services?
As we said above, there are some troubleshooting tips you can take before determining if you need emergency HVAC services:
- Check the thermostat
- Check the circuit breaker
- Check the air filter
If you have checked all of this and are still having HVAC problems, then the final step is to give our number a call for emergency services!