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7 Signs You Need Emergency AC Repair | Summit Heating & AC

Emergency AC repair is a necessary service for HVAC companies like ours at Summit Heating and Cooling. However, hot summers can leave homeowners at risk when their air conditioner stops functioning. Some emergencies are more evident than others, but all require full attention.

Understanding the signs of AC malfunction can help you know when to call us for emergency air conditioning repair.

Emergency AC problems require immediate assistance from a professional HVAC contractor.

1) Vents Blowing Warm Air

If you stand by your vents and notice hot air streaming through, your AC has a significant problem. Considering the air is supposed to be conditioned before spreading through your home, hot air is a sign that it’s not properly cooling. Sometimes this problem stems from a blockage in the airflow, while other times, it derives from a bad compressor.

2) Unit Makes Strange Noises

ACs typically make noise because of their compression component. However, unusual sounds emanating from the unit are a sign you need emergency AC repair. For instance, a gurgling or screeching noise is uncommon for functioning air conditioners. Don’t hesitate to call a professional when your unit continues to make these weird sounds.

3) Unit Has Foul Odor

You may require an emergency repair if you notice a foul and unpleasant odor emanating from your air conditioner. Sometimes these smells stem from dirty ductwork, while a systemic problem may be at bay at other times. Regular maintenance helps you avoid these unseemly odors but failure to maintain your unit. This problem is more common than you think, as it produces regular air conditioner repair leads.

4) Low Air-Flow

Sometimes cold air can come through your AC unit but with low flow. As a result, your air conditioning unit may have significant problems. The good news is that it may not be a true emergency if you’re getting cold air. It depends on the temperature outside of your home and how much it impacts the interior. Still, you’ll want to get it checked out before the temperature continues to rise.

5) Busted Fan

It’s apparent when the fan is malfunctioning because of the distinct noises it will make. However, noise may be the least of your problems if the fan breaks. For example, a busted fan may overheat the AC compressor and severely damage the unit’s interior. The result may be a complete AC replacement.

6) The Breakers are Tripped

Frequent breaker resets while the air conditioner is on indicates an electrical problem. Any kind of electrical issue can impact your entire home because of the fire threat. As a result, tripped breakers are more than an AC emergency but a home emergency in general. 

7) Malfunctioning Thermostat

Suppose you feel like the room temperature is different from the thermostat reading. In that case, you might assume that thermostat itself is broken. However, the AC unit is usually at the root of the problem. Either way, you’ll want to have a professional contractor come by to evaluate the unit.

Where to Find an Emergency AC Repair Company

During the hot summers, it helps to have an emergency AC repair company on-call whenever you need them. As 2022 has seen some of the hottest temperatures in years, you should have access to a professional. The pros at Summit Heating and Cooling are ready to assist you ASAP.

Remember that one way to combat AC emergencies is to install a high-quality unit and schedule regular maintenance. In addition, it helps to have the best quality HVAC parts to avoid costly repairs and decrease the likelihood of an emergency AC repair.

How to Improve Basement Air Quality (Tips + Suggestions)

Basement Air Quality (Blog Cover)

Basement air quality is something that too often falls through the cracks of home improvement, health, and lifestyle. Some homeowners rarely go into their basements, which is why they can get ignored.

Have you ever noticed a musty or damp smell when you walk down to your basement? If you have, you’re certainly not alone. Basement air can be up to ten times more polluted than other indoor areas of your home.

Poor basement air quality can lead to foul odors. Still, more importantly, it can harm your health – especially if you already have a respiratory issue. 

But you don’t need to be without the use of your basement. There are ways to tell if your basement air quality is poor and if it is, there are things you can do about it. In the following post, Summit Heating and Cooling provides tips on identifying poor basement air quality and solutions to correct the problem.

Why is Basement Air Quality Often Worse Than Other Interior Areas?

A lot of the reason why basement air quality tends to be so poor is the materials commonly used to construct them. For instance, gypsum is a magnet for moisture. As a result, it can harbor mold, bacteria, and mildew – all things that can immediately negatively impact indoor air quality. 

However, there are other factors at play:

Poor Basement Air Quality Causes

Basement Items

Often, people store things like improperly sealed paint cans, pesticides, old rags, and cleaning chemicals in their basements. Unfortunately, all of these types of items can harm indoor air quality.


Frequently, dryer venting is run through the basement. Suppose the venting is torn, faulty, or improperly installed. In that case, it could be sending particulate matter into the air of your basement.


Rodents love dark, cool basements. Unfortunately, rodents can also lower basement air quality by leaving their droppings in their interior spaces. Once the residue becomes airborne, it can have a significant impact.

Plumbing Leaks

Usually, when you have some interior or exterior plumbing/irrigation leak, the water and moisture find their way to your home’s lower levels, i.e., your basement. 

We probably don’t have to tell you that standing water and flooding (major or minor) will seriously diminish the indoor air quality of your basement. It doesn’t always need to be a leak, either. 

Sometimes if your sprinklers are broken and spraying errantly, the water run-off will get to the basement. 

How to Tell if you Have Poor Basement Air Quality

The good news is that there are some tell-tale signs that you have poor air quality in your basement. Be on the lookout for:

A Musty Odor

Your nose will be your best indicator of whether or not something needs to be done about your cellar air quality. If you notice a moldy, mildewy, stale, or musty smell in your basement, you may have an air quality issue on your hands.

Unusual Humidity

Suppose you walk down to your basement, and it feels abnormally stuffy or humid. In that case, you could be dealing with an air quality issue.

Signs of Mold and Mildew

Mold, mildew, and bacterial growth will undoubtedly adversely impact basement air quality. So scan your basement for signs of growth, including rotting drywall or boards, discolorations in the ceiling or walls, streaks, and water damage.

Excessive Dustiness

A busted dryer vent will likely make the air very dusty, so be on the lookout for excess dust in the air or resting on surfaces. 

Good Air Quality Monitors

If you want to be sure, you can always invest in a good air quality monitor. A good model can detect changes in temperature, humidity, and airborne chemicals. In addition, you can order an air quality test.

Tips for Improving Basement Air Quality

In some extreme cases, you will need to call out an HVAC expert to help improve your basement air quality. However, there are some things you can do if the problem isn’t too far gone. 

Here are some tips for improving air quality in your cellar:

Use a Dehumidifier

Moisture is bad news for your basement, but you can limit the moisture levels in yours by using a dehumidifier. Mold needs a relative humidity level of 55% to live, so make sure that your dehumidifier keeps the moisture below 55%.

Seal Off Openings

Cracks in the foundation walls or the frames of basement windows can also let humidity in. Sealing up these cracks will help improve the air quality. 

Remember that windows are openings, so be sure to keep them closed as often as possible.

Fix Broken Vents

Broken dryer vents should be replaced or repaired as soon as possible. However, doing so will immediately impact air quality as broken vents could be spewing dust particles and lint into your basement.

Keep your Basement Clean

In particular, try to keep volatile organic compounds like paints, roofing materials, dyes, and harsh cleansers and sprays out of your basement.

Use an Air Purifier

Air purifiers help circulate the air in the basement (suitable for air quality) and cycle it through filters that trap airborne contaminants. Some air purifiers can trap particles as small as 0.03 microns, enough to trap most viruses and bacteria.

Use a Fan

If you have had a recent plumbing leak or flooding, try running a large or commercial fan in your basement for a day or two. The increased ventilation will help get rid of moisture. 

Clean Air is Important

The air that you and your family breathe should be as clean and fresh as possible. It’s essential not only for comfort; but for health as well. Here at Summit Heating and Cooling, we are just as concerned with indoor air quality as you are. 

That’s why we offer professional whole-house air purification services. Contact us for healthier air in your basement and throughout your entire home.