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HVAC Emergency — Is It Time to Call a Professional?

Although southern California is known for its mild climate, we still see our fair share of extreme weather throughout the year. The last thing that you want to worry about when Santa Ana winds bring above, or below, average temperatures is the reliability of your HVAC or mini-split.   For most homeowners, their HVAC is not top of mind until something goes wrong. Knowing what constitutes an HVAC emergency and some of the common signs will keep your family comfortable and safe.   When the time comes, know that all of your Lake Forest heating and air needs can be handled by the Dynamic Air Services team, including emergency services.

What Type of HVAC System Do I Have?

There are a few warning signs that warrant an emergency repair call to your local HVAC specialists. First, it is important to understand the two most common types of heating and air systems that we see here in Southern California.

Central Heating and Air

Commonly referred to as “forced air” systems, central heat and air has been the most popular choice for homeowners for the last 50 years.   Forced air systems can be all electric or use a gas furnace, but this will vary from one home to another. These systems are easy to identify as they will have two primary components: an inside and outside unit.    These two components work in tandem, so when one is not functioning properly it will inevitably affect the other. When working properly, they will push heated or cooled air throughout the entire home through ductwork within the ceiling or floor.


Mini-splits, or ductless systems, are becoming more popular among homeowners. These systems are incredibly flexible in how and where they can be installed. They are among the most efficient options available to homeowners.   Lake Forest air mini-split systems can be air conditioning only, but models are available with heat pumps to provide all heating and cooling needs. Because mini-splits are ductless they provide the ability to have multiple temperature zones within the home based on preference or usage.   Regardless the type of system your home is equipped with, working with a licensed team will save you time and money.

4 Signs Emergency HVAC Repairs Are Needed

Because HVAC systems are ever present, their noises and operation often blend into the white noise of our homes. Being aware of changes in your system will help you identify when to reach out to a licensed professional for assistance. Here are four of the most common signs that your system needs service or repairs:

1. Foul Odors

You might be surprised to hear that your sense of smell is often the best indicator that there may be an issue. Because not all components of HVAC systems are visible, lingering odors are a quick way to sniff out potential problems.   For homes that are equipped with gas furnaces, any foul odors should be immediately reported to a professional. Gas leaks are a safety hazard that can cause carbon monoxide poisoning or explosions.   During warmer months, the smell of mold or mildew can be a giveaway that a water leak has developed. Some issues, like a clogged condensation drain line, can be easily fixed. However, leaks can quickly progress if neglected.

2. Short Cycling

Have you noticed that your HVAC is rapidly turning on and off? This is referred to as short cycling. The constant strain on your system from this issue can cause premature failure.   Even if the system is still working while short cycling, homeowners can expect that their energy bills will go up. Unnecessary wear and tear and inefficient cooling or heating are also common side effects. Short cycling is caused by a variety of reasons, making troubleshooting that much more difficult.

3. Frequently Tripped Breakers

HVAC systems are directly tied to the home’s electrical supply and cannot work properly without sufficient power. Even gas furnaces need electrical power to kickstart their heating element. If your system is regularly flipping the breaker, then an electrical issue is present.   Homes with older wiring or improperly sized HVAC units will see this symptom frequently. Most importantly, because of the risks that working with your home’s electricity can pose, it is critical that all work be done by a trained professional. Scheduling cooling and heating repair is the best way to get your system back up and running.

4. Water Pooling

Water leaks that result in pooling can result in expensive damage, such as mold or structural damage, to the home. This is why it is so important that issues are addressed as quickly as possible.   Mixing water and electricity is a recipe for disaster. Add water damage to flooring, walls or the foundation of your home and a small inconvenience can quickly escalate to a full blown emergency. Many of these damages can cost homeowners thousands of dollars to properly repair.   The most important thing to remember, regardless of the symptom, is to be aware. Work with your HVAC technician to set up a proper ac heating maintenance schedule. While emergencies can still happen, you will feel better prepared and minimize repair costs.  

Reliable Lake Forest Air Mini Split Services

Working on your home can be incredibly rewarding and potentially save money. While there is a time and place for a DIY approach, HVAC repair is not one of them. The truth is that there are too many risks when working with your Lake heating and air system. Rather than chance a gas leak, flood damage or worse, homeowners in Lake Forest turn to the Dynamic Air Services team.   With offices in Lake Forest and Corona, our team of trained specialists are ready to help you navigate your HVAC issue. From maintenance to emergency repair and full system replacement, we have got you covered. Worried about Covid-19? We now offer virtual diagnostics and no contact repairs, keeping your family’s safety in mind.   Contact the Dynamic Air Services team at (949) 979-4592 or book an appointment online
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