No matter when it happens, having your home’s air conditioning fail is a major problem. Without it, your home can become quite uncomfortable. That’s especially true if it happens in the middle of the night when you rely on your AC to keep you cool as you sleep. However, just because your AC has developed a problem, it doesn’t mean you’re having an AC emergency. Here at Denver Pro Mechanical, we offer 24/7 emergency HVAC repair services to respond when you have a problem that requires an immediate solution. This is how you can tell when your issue qualifies as an emergency and when it doesn’t.
What Qualifies as an Air Conditioning Emergency?
In general, there aren’t very many situations that rise to the level of an air conditioning emergency. Most of them involve situations when waiting for a repair could lead to one or more adverse consequences beyond simple discomfort.
One example of this is if your air conditioning fails on a day when the outside temperature is at or above 90 degrees Fahrenheit. When that happens, everyone inside your home may be at risk of suffering heat stroke. If adding fans and opening windows isn’t enough to bring your indoor temperature down to a manageable level, your air conditioner issue is an emergency.
This is especially true if anyone inside your home is especially vulnerable to heat. If you have any babies, elderly persons, or someone who is ill or immunocompromised, going without air conditioning on a hot day isn’t an option. In that case, you’d be right to call for an emergency AC repair.
Another situation that would qualify your AC problem as an emergency is if it creates a condition that might damage your home. For example, if your air conditioner begins leaking and damaging the walls or floors of your home, you’ll need it addressed right away. The same thing applies if your AC has an electrical issue that’s affecting other parts of your home’s electrical system. So, if your AC problem is making a breaker trip repeatedly, causing the lights in your home to dim, or producing any kind of burning smell, it’s an emergency situation.
What Kinds of AC Problems Aren’t Emergencies?
There are a variety of air conditioning issues that, while inconvenient, don’t rise to the level of emergencies. A prime example of this is if your AC isn’t producing sufficient airflow due to a dirty filter. Even though that will cause your AC to work harder to cool your home, it’s not something that requires immediate repair.
It’s also not an emergency if you notice your air conditioner costing you more than usual to operate. There are a variety of situations where that can be normal, such as during periods of high humidity. In that situation, your best bet is to wait for normal business hours and talk to one of the experts here at Denver Pro Mechanical about upgrading your HVAC to a more efficient model.
In general, as long as you’re able to stay in your home with the windows open, and the indoor air temperature isn’t reaching a dangerous level, you shouldn’t need to call for emergency help. In those cases, dressing in lighter clothing and turning off any heat-producing appliances should allow you to get by until you can have an HVAC technician check out your AC.
Avoiding AC Emergencies
Of course, the best way to deal with an AC emergency is to avoid them in the first place. The best way to do that is to keep your AC maintained properly so you don’t run into any unexpected breakdowns. To accomplish that, it’s a good idea to schedule a maintenance visit from one of our HVAC specialists once or twice per year, depending on the age of your system. When they visit, they’ll make sure that none of your AC’s major components are in obvious need of repair, and they’ll test your system to make sure it’s working as expected. If they find anything unusual, they’ll let you know so you can address it promptly.
No matter what type of AC issue you’re experiencing, Denver Pro Mechanical is the place to turn to for help. Our team has over 50 years of experience installing, repairing, and maintaining HVAC equipment of every make and model. Plus, we offer indoor air quality services and humidifier installation for homes that need it. We can help you to keep your home’s HVAC system in great shape throughout its lifetime and be there to replace it when the time comes.
So, for emergency air conditioner services and all things HVAC for your home in the Denver Metro area, contact us at Denver Pro Mechanical today!