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What Is an Air Conditioning Emergency?

Do you have an air conditioning emergency? Your problem may very well be one that needs immediate attention, but few people realize that it may as such. We find that often times customers hesitate to call for emergency services simply because they don’t recognize that their issue can actually have disastrous consequences if it isn’t attended to quickly. As a result, we repair disasters that could have been avoided.

Here are a few common situations that constitute an air conditioning emergency; give our team at West Coast Air Conditioning a call right away if you experience one.

Strange, Sudden, Loud Noises

Your air conditioner is humming along as normal when all of the sudden you hear a loud bang, a sudden buzzing or vibration, or even a loud screeching or squealing. This is an urgent sign that something serious has gone wrong with your air conditioner. In addition to shutting the system down immediately, you should call for help right away, as this is usually a sign that something big has happened. Your compressor may have given out, you could have a leak in your refrigerant lines, or a different major component could have completely failed or malfunctioned, resulting in a potentially dangerous situation.

When this is the case, you need to call for help right away. If something big has happened and you aren’t sure what it might be, reach out to our team and get help right away. Emergency services could not only get your air conditioner working again quickly but also could prevent your problem from getting worse.

Sudden Failure or Shutdowns

A sudden failure or shutdown is a sign that something needs to be addressed right away. Modern air conditioning systems are designed for both efficiency and safety, and they will shut themselves down in the event of a serious problem. When this happens, you need to have a professional come out and inspect your system right away. Odds are it won’t turn back on until the problem is resolved, and you should leave this to a professional.

However, in the event that your system does turn back on after shutting down, you still should avoid using it at all costs. Because the problem that caused the shutdown hasn’t been fixed, continuing to use your air conditioner could continue to damage it, ruining important components and potentially destroying it for good. Call and get help right away.

Burning Smells & Hot Air

Do you smell something burning? Does that smell seem like it’s coming from your air handler? This could be one of any number of things, and none of them are good. A smell like burning plastic means you probably have an electrical problem: the smell you’re encountering could be melting or burning plastic shielding around the wiring in your air conditioner. A smell like burning rubber or oil could be an issue with your blower fan or the belt that drives it. In any instance, these issues need to be addressed immediately so call for emergency help right away.

It’s Excessively Hot Outside

Finally, if it’s excessively hot outside, such as temperatures up in the 90s or higher, then not having air conditioning at all is an emergency, plain and simple. Not having air conditioning when it’s hot outside could potentially be a health hazard, and that’s why you need to contact West Coast Air Conditioning for help right away. Whether your air conditioner quits on you in the middle of the night or in the middle of a sweltering afternoon, our crew will come to you and get the issue fixed as soon as possible.

Have an air conditioning emergency? Call West Coast Air Conditioning at (805) 954-9195 and get the help you need today!