No one wants to ever experience an HVAC emergency. But with life being so unpredictable and just plain bad luck, anything can happen. HVAC emergencies are one of the biggest inconveniences you can live through and can be a stressful time.

Not just because of your interrupted comfort, but for your and your property’s safety. Understanding the nature of these emergencies and knowing the right course of action can help you through the tough times and make a significant difference.

This guide will walk you through the critical steps to take when an HVAC crisis occurs.


Identifying HVAC Emergencies


An HVAC emergency is any situation where your system poses a threat to safety, or property, or leaves you without heating or cooling. Some prime symptoms of an HVAC emergency could be unusual noises, which indicate a mechanical failure.

A burning smell, which suggests electrical issues. Or visible water leaks that could cause property damage or mold growth. Understanding each of these signs and the threats they pose is the first step in taking control of the situation.


Immediate Actions To Take

First and foremost, your priority should be your safety. Start controlling the problem by turning off your HVAC system to prevent any further damage to it or your property. You can do this either via the unit itself or by the circuit breaker.

Your next step should be to assess the thermostat settings to ensure your problem isn’t being caused by a simple setting error. If so, revert your thermostat settings and wait a few hours to see if the problem is fixed.

If you notice any signs of electrical problems, such as sparks or a burning smell, evacuate the area and contact emergency services. You could be in danger and your safety should be your priority.


Evaluating the Situation

Once you’ve taken care of the most crucial step, that being your safety, you can now take a breather and assess the situation. This is the time to figure out if your system is experiencing something minor that you can handle, or does it requires professional intervention.

Some minor issues you can handle are clogged filters or a tripped breaker. There are plenty of tutorials on how to take care of these situations and it is small and safe enough for you to handle them. Some of the more complex issues would be refrigerant leaks, electrical issues, or if your system is making loud, unfamiliar noises. These are all signs that you need to call a professional.

Suppose you’re completely unfamiliar with HVAC-related services. In that case, you can call a professional for minor issues and get your system inspected to at least get an idea of what you’re dealing with.


Contacting HVAC Emergency Services


When you’re having an HVAC emergency, contacting a reliable professional is crucial. Depending on when your emergency happens, your options might be limited. Make a good search to find the right professional for you. When you’ve made your choice, it’s time to give them a call.

When you do, provide as much detail as possible about the situation. Report any unusual noises, smells, or symptoms to the professional. If you don’t already know, find out what the make and model of your system is. Once you’ve reported the symptoms, notify the professional of all the steps you’ve taken so far. This includes anything like evacuation, turning off your system etc.

Depending on which professional you’ve chosen, there might be a wait. Worry not, once you’ve explained the emergency, most services will prioritize your situation due to the urgency.


Preventative Maintenance

The only thing better than surviving an HVAC emergency is not to have one at all. Many HVAC-related problems can be prevented with regular maintenance. This includes routine checks, timely repairs, and replacing any old parts before they fail. On top of this, consider the age of your home and system to be more specific.

Older systems are more prone to breakdowns and might benefit from an upgrade or replacement to improve efficiency and reliability. Upgrading an old system might seem daunting at first but the long-term energy savings are undeniable.

We know that with work, family, and budget concerns, it can be hard to find time to schedule maintenance. But when you take the necessary steps to optimize your system, you are significantly reducing the chances of having an emergency.


Get Help


Being prepared for HVAC emergencies is key. Panicking and getting a little frazzled are totally normal things to feel but being prepared can help you regain your composure and take the right steps.

On top of this, knowing what to do can also help you mitigate risks, prevent damage, and ensure a quicker return to comfort and normalcy. Regular maintenance and awareness of your system’s condition are your best defenses against unexpected breakdowns.

One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning provides 24/7 HVAC services. Whether you’re scheduling maintenance to avoid an emergency or are in the middle of one, our seasoned technicians can provide you with the support you need.

We not only pride ourselves on our 100% Satisfaction Guarantee but also our knowledge and punctuality. Contact us today to schedule maintenance or if you’re having a real emergency, give us a call at (423) 621-4060