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Is It an AC Emergency or Not? Let’s Find Out

Your air conditioner runs into problems over its 10-15 year lifespan, but not all of them are causes for immediate concern or emergency. But how do you really know which one is and which one isn’t? Since your air conditioner didn’t come with a list of what big problems your AC might run into, we’ll do it instead.

This is how you know if you need emergency HVAC services in Sarasota, FL, or if you can schedule an appointment and have a technician come out at a normal time to help you fix the issue.

Any Sudden Electrical Hazards or Problems

Your air conditioner uses a lot of electricity to operate, and there’s a lot of power in that. If you notice wiring that’s exposed or not where it’s supposed to be, that is absolutely an emergency. This could be from your thermostat, or the air conditioner itself, but either way, it needs to be handled quickly so the hazard can be managed.

Water Leaks Near Your AC

As we talked about, live electricity is no laughing matter. Your air conditioner likely won’t have a problem with the condensate line that threatens its electrical system, but if another unrelated leak is happening in your home that stands to impact your AC, that’s a big issue. Whether it’s a broken pipe upstairs or what have you, if it gets near your air conditioning system in any way, it’s an emergency.

Excessive Humidity in Your Home

Your air conditioner also removes humidity from the air in your home. That may not sound super important, but there’s a big concern about high humidity. It allows mold and mildew to grow when your RH (relative humidity) reaches a certain threshold, which is around 60% to 70%.

That impacts your indoor air quality, health, and those spores can also end up in your ductwork as your AC pulls air from your home. This needs to be dealt with swiftly so your AC can get back to fighting the humidity levels in your home.

Nonexistent Airflow

The AC is running, but can you feel air flowing from the vents? Check your air filter to make sure it’s clean, and see if it’s pulling air in (you can tell by feeling the force of air being suctioned in). If there’s no airflow from the vents but your AC is pulling it in, that could mean an issue with your blower motor, which needs to be taken care of as soon as possible. Otherwise your AC will keep running, and costing you money for nothing.

Let’s Get That Emergency Taken Care Of

Your air conditioning emergency needs to be handled as soon as possible, so if it does jump out as an emergency based on the list we just provided, call us and we’ll be there as quickly as we can be to help sort it out for you.

Whether it’s an AC emergency or not, we’re here to help you with it. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.

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