Texas is experiencing its hottest summer in history. Temperatures are so high that they exceeded those in Death Valley!
With temperatures like that, a working AC unit isn't just a luxury, it's a necessity. Higher temps bring all sorts of health risks including sunstroke and overheating.
And while the last thing anyone needs during a Texas summer is a broken AC unit, knowing what to do in case of a breakdown can help you get your system up and running in no time.
Here's a quick guide on emergency AC repair to help kickstart the repair process.
If there's an upside to your broken HVAC unit, it's that you may be able to take care of the problem yourself. Most AC issues are simple fixes that only take a trip to the hardware store and a few minutes of your time, so take a deep breath.
Start by identifying the problem.
Double-check that your thermostat is on the correct settings and make sure a breaker switch wasn't flipped.
Then, if everything looks correct, head outside and check on your HVAC unit. Is anything leaking? Are there noticeable cracks? Be sure to check any hoses.
You'll also want to check your unit's filter. If you haven't replaced your air filter in a few months, dirt and grime may have accumulated, blocking airflow. Pop in a replacement and it should be as good as new.
DIY Emergency Repair or Leave It to the Pros?
Sure, some fixes like flipping the breaker switch or replacing the filter are simple enough that you can do at home.
But what about more serious issues?
It's often best to leave emergency AC repair to the pros. As much as you may want to fix it yourself, doing so can put your life and home in danger.
The average AC unit uses 3500 watts within a three-hour period. An electrical shock that big could easily send you to the hospital.
Call up your local HVAC repair company and schedule an emergency repair. We even offer same-day appointments and may be able to fix the problem on the spot.
How to Stay Cool in the Meantime
Knowing that a service company is on their way to help you out can be a relief. But that doesn't exactly stop you from sweating in the meantime.
Fortunately, there are a few easy things you can do to keep your house cool in the meantime.
You can start by closing the blinds in your home. Leaving the blinds open may brighten the room up a bit, but it'll also let a great deal of heat in.
Don't forget to stay hydrated, too. Grab a cool glass of ice water. Not only is ice water on a steamy summer day refreshing, but it also replaces any fluids you may sweat out while waiting.
Finally, do your best to distract yourself. Crack open that book you've been wanting to read, or take this opportunity to binge-watch your favorite show. It may not cool you down, but at least it'll take your mind off of the heat.
Broken AC? Don't Sweat It
Nothing's worse than a broken AC unit on a hot summer day. But don't worry, On Point Service Company is here to help with your emergency AC repair.
We'll be there as soon as you need us, so just give us a call or request service online!