Summer will be here in no time. And as most South Floridians know, summers in South Florida can be brutal. Thanks to Willis Carrier (inventor of modern air conditioning), you have air conditioning to keep your home cool and comfortable even in these oppressive summer days. But what happens if your AC unit breaks down in the middle of the night or on a weekend? There is nothing more frustrating to deal with than an AC unit on the fritz, on a sweltering day or night. Sure, you may want to contact an AC repair specialist to fix the problem(s) as quickly as possible. Keep in mind, though, emergency AC repairs usually cost more, so you should probably have an idea of what is actually considered an AC emergency before you call in the pros.
Common Air Conditioner Emergencies
When trying to determine the severity of your air conditioner problem by yourself, here are a few cases where you should go ahead and call a professional right away:
Is your AC making strange and loud noises? A buzzing sound can indicate that one of the electrical components within the unit is about to die. A strong clunking or vibration, on the other hand, might indicate that the air blowing mechanism is off-track or that the bearings need to be replaced. In general, when your unit begins to make a noise it has never made before, there is a very good chance something is probably not right; when that happens, shut off your air conditioner immediately and call for emergency AC repair.
Air conditioners when running should not smell funny, not in the least bit. If your air conditioner kicks out a foul smell or odor every time you use it, it might mean an overflow drain has problems with bacteria or mildew. Worse, it could hint to an electrical problem or that a component has become so overheated that it is really burning. Both of these are AC emergencies and must be dealt with immediately!
No Air Flow
If you are not able to feel any air flowing from your AC or the air that is blowing is too hot, this could be an indication of a failed cooling system. A poorly calibrated thermostat, a complication with the blower, or old age are all reasons why your AC’s cooling system might fail. Not having a functioning AC in severe heat most definitely constitutes an emergency.
In any of these cases, it is best to call in the professionals, the sooner, the better. You do not want to sweat it out without a properly functioning AC or blow thousands of dollars on your entire air conditioner replacement because you ignored something that seemed not so important, do you? It’s always better to be safe than sorry.
Finding the Right AC Repair Company in South Florida
If you experience any of the above emergencies, it is time to call a repair service company. But before you call them, keep these things in mind:
- Look at the number of years the company has been in service. The bigger the number, the better.
- Make sure that the company is insured. This can actually help to get back to them in case there will be any complaints with their service.
- Go online and view the company’s BBB rating. These things are key indicators and will give you some much-needed insight into how “good” or “bad” a company may be.
- Make sure the company offers 24-hour emergency services.
- When you make the call to the service company, do not hesitate to ask what they charge and what their service is.
Ruling Out AC Repair Emergencies
Cleaning the Unit
Keeping your AC unit clean is a great step towards having a long-lasting air conditioning unit and possibly extending its life. Not doing so may put unnecessary stress on the unit, causing it to overheat and shut down. So regularly cleaning your air conditioner is just one easy way to ensure that it will keep your home cool and comfortable during the hot summer months of South Florida.
AC filters do so much for our homes. They protect our indoor air quality. They save homeowners money on heating and air conditioning. AC filters also help the entire central air system work better and longer on less. Changing your air filters is a must if you want your air conditioning unit to pump clean air efficiently and not overheat, among other things. Again, this is just one simple step in AC maintenance that you can do yourself, and that can make all the difference in the life of your machine. Do this on a regular basis.
Most of us treat our car with kid gloves, right? Having an air conditioner is about like having a car; if you treat it right, it will treat you right. That means just like you have your car serviced regularly, you should also have your air conditioner regularly serviced (at the minimum, once a year). Regular inspections and servicing will help you to catch and fix any potential problems before they can cause significant damage and/or totally damage your AC unit beyond repair.
Evaluation of the entire unit, and having it professionally serviced by a qualified technician would surely help you prolong the life of your air conditioner, keep it performing efficiently, and save money and headaches on untimely repair or replacement.
Emergency AC Repair in South Florida
When you need emergency AC repair in South Florida, trust the cooling experts at CMi Air Conditioning and Electrical. We are here to respond to any air conditioner emergency you have, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our highly-trained, licensed technicians can tackle any air conditioning problem, so you can be assured that we will get your AC unit up and running in no time to help you beat the Florida heat. In Palm Beach County call: 561-844-1004. In Martin County call: 772-283-0096 to speak with one of our AC pros!