Part of being a homeowner is learning to decipher your home’s many sounds and smells. While some sounds might indicate an HVAC tuneup is needed, these signs might determine you have an HVAC emergency in your Birmingham, Alabama, home.

Humid Temperatures

A lack of airflow does not always indicate an emergency unless the outdoor temperatures are unsafe. An HVAC unit that stops working during extreme heat or cold weather can be dangerous. Alabama is known for its hot summers, with temperatures frequently exceeding 90 degrees. If your unit stops working and an extreme heat wave is expected, it isn’t a good idea to wait to schedule an appointment.

Burning Smells

A burning smell often means trouble, especially if it is coming from your HVAC unit. This smell could indicate an electrical problem within the unit, which can be a fire hazard.

If you have determined that the burning smell is coming from your HVAC unit, shut off the power immediately, and then call for emergency service. Avoid running the unit entirely until an HVAC contractor can inspect and repair it.

Leaking Water

Problems with your air conditioning unit, such as a clogged drain or freezing coils, can cause it to leak. Ignoring leaking water in your house not only puts your HVAC unit at risk but can also damage other parts of your house. The leaking water can soak into the floorboards and the walls, leaving you with an inconvenient and expensive problem. You can avoid this by reaching out to an HVAC professional as soon as possible.

While routine HVAC preventative maintenance is important, it is also necessary to look out for any signs that indicate emergency repairs are needed. Signs such as a lack of airflow, burning smells, and leaking water may indicate the need for emergency repairs. Call our experts at Total Comfort Heating and Air today at 205-259-5164 to discuss your heating and cooling needs.

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