Residential Emergency Air Conditioner Repair In Stuart, FL, and Surrounding Areas
As spring turns into summer, the Florida temperatures are rising, and so is the humidity. The air is warm and sticky, and nothing feels as good on a hot day as blasting ice-cold air from the AC and sitting inside a cool house. However, this time of year is when air conditioners often fail — not necessarily during the most sweltering part of the summer, as you might think. A malfunction or total breakdown may happen with or without warning, and you may find yourself without air conditioning on a holiday or during the middle of the night. If this occurs, don’t worry. Arnold’s Air offers 24/7 emergency air conditioner repair in Stuart. We also serve Palm City, Palm Beach Gardens, and Wellington, FL, and the surrounding areas. Not only will we get your AC back up and running in no time flat, but we’ll help you understand why it gave out and what you can do to prevent that in the future.
What's Considered an AC Emergency?
If your air conditioner isn’t giving 100%, but you’re not sure if what you’re experiencing is considered an emergency or not, here are a few signs that you should call a professional.
Low Airflow, Warm Air, or Not Working at All
If your AC is blowing cold air, but the airflow is insufficient, try changing the filter. Dirty filters restrict airflow, so sometimes replacing it does the trick. If this doesn’t remedy the situation, there may be a problem with the blower or a blockage in your ducting.
Your air conditioner blowing warm air is usually an indication of low refrigerant or a problem with your compressor in the outside unit. Sometimes, warm air may indicate a broken return duct or other issues with ductwork.
Your AC isn’t working sufficiently or not at all. It won’t turn on despite checking the breaker and fuses. Or, it turns on and blows semi-cool air, but it won’t get cold enough to bring the temperature down, even if you set the thermostat at 50 degrees.
All of the above are emergencies if they occur during a time when you need your air conditioner.
Your air conditioner shouldn’t be emitting any smells, but if it does, it can give off different odors, and they each mean something.
A “dirty sock” odor or a musty smell is usually a sign of mold or bacteria buildup within your HVAC system. While not technically an emergency, you should contact us as soon as possible due to the health hazards of these pathogens.
If your AC gives off a sickly sweet smell or that of rotten eggs, that could be a symptom of a dead animal in your ventilation system. As with mold growth, this may not be an emergency, but you’ll want to remove the critter (or have us remove it) at the next available opportunity.
You notice a smell like exhaust fumes, sweet alcohol, or nail polish remover. These odors all describe that of air conditioner refrigerant.
While your AC is running, it smells like something’s burning. This may be an odor of smoke, or it might even smell like gunpowder or carbon.
If you smell refrigerant or something burning, those are definitely air conditioner emergencies. Air conditioner coolant leaking from your unit poses health hazards, as well as environmental dangers. Don’t try to clean it up or repair the leak yourself, as only licensed HVAC techs may handle R-22 (Freon) or the newer coolant R-410A. Likewise, the smell of smoke either indicates an electrical issue or that a mechanical component is burning. In either case, turn off your AC and call us right away.
Strange or Loud Noises
It’s totally fine for your air conditioner to make some sound while it’s running, but this will usually be a gentle hum, or you’ll hear the soft whooshing of air coming through your vents. However, it generally shouldn’t be making a lot of noise.
If your AC is hissing or screaming, that’s usually a sign of high internal pressure in the compressor or a symptom of a refrigerant leak. Shut off your air conditioner and call an HVAC tech.
While your air conditioner is running, it sounds like there’s something banging around inside. This noise could be due to a broken or damaged component, a failing compressor, or an unbalanced indoor blower.
Your unit is buzzing or rattling. These sounds may be a sign that your outdoor unit needs to be cleaned, or they could indicate malfunctioning parts. Sometimes, changing your air filter may handle it, since clogged filters cause your AC to work harder.
A clicking sound is coming from your air conditioner continuously. This noise frequently tells us that your thermostat is malfunctioning, or an electrical component is going bad.
When your air conditioner is hissing, screaming, banging, or making any other strange or loud noises, you should consider it an emergency. These non-optimum sounds are letting you know there’s a problem somewhere inside your HVAC system. Leaving it unhandled for too long can lead to more extensive damage.
Call the Experts for Emergency Air Conditioner Repair in Stuart, FL
The good thing is, no matter what red flag your AC unit is waving, you can always call us and ask! Arnold’s Air has been providing quality emergency air conditioner repair in Stuart, FL, for over 30 years. We’ll pinpoint what’s causing the trouble, restore the functionality of your unit, and, most importantly, make sure you’re safe. You can reach us in Stuart at (772) 742-4735 or in Palm Beach at (561) 515-5527. We’re here for you at all hours of the day or night, 365 days a year. You can talk to an HVAC technician — not an answering service. Simply tell us about the problem you’re experiencing, and we’ll advise you on the best course of action. The pros at Arnold’s Air are extensively trained and licensed to service all makes and models of air conditioners and heat pumps. By staying on top of the newest developments in the HVAC industry, we’re always prepared to give you the best possible service. Contact us today for ice-cold air and a comfortable home.