4 Signs You Need Emergency HVAC Repair

The High Cost of Improper Furnace Installation

Some HVAC repairs can wait a few days or even a few weeks until you’re able to make a routine appointment with your HVAC contractors. Other repairs are definitely emergencies and need to be dealt with right away. How can you tell the difference? It’s not always black and white. But in most cases, if you notice one or more of the following signs, you need to call for emergency heating repair.

A Complete Loss of Heat

If your heating system completely stops heating your home, that’s an emergency. Sometimes homeowners figure that if the temperature is currently mild, they can get by with space heaters and put off the repairs for a little while. But we all know that outdoor temperatures are only so predictable. If your heater isn’t working and there is a sudden cold spell, you could end up with frozen pipes. Since frozen pipes can burst and flood your home, this is something best avoided. Always call for immediate repairs if your heater fails, whether it’s 10 degrees or 50 degrees outside.

The Smell of Rotten Eggs

Some odors coming from your furnace are relatively normal. More specifically, when you turn the furnace on for the first time, it’s not unusual to smell a dusty, scorched odor as a little dust burns off the burner. However, the smell of rotten eggs is never one to ignore. Natural gas companies add sulfur to the gas to give it this odor. So, the smell of rotten eggs almost certainly means you have a gas leak. Turn off the heat, get out of your home, and make two phone calls. The first should be to your gas company, and the second to your HVAC repair service.

Carbon Monoxide Alarm

Do you have a carbon monoxide alarm? If not, stop right now and go install one. Carbon monoxide is an odorless, poisonous gas that is given off when any fuel is burned. If your heater’s ventilation system isn’t up to par, CO can accumulate in your home and cause symptoms like nausea, dizziness, confusion, and even sudden death. If your CO alarm is going off, find somewhere else to stay and call for emergency heating repairs. Your safety depends on it.


Your HVAC system should never give off smoke. If you do see smoke coming from a furnace, boiler, or other heating system, turn it off and immediately call for repairs. Use your best judgment as to whether or not you also call the fire company. Smoke often will progress to a fire if you don’t act quickly.

As a homeowner, you always hope that you’re never going to have a heating emergency. But the truth is that heating emergencies do occur, and you need a reliable HVAC company to deal with them. Feel free to contact H & H Heating & Air Conditioning for emergency boiler service, emergency furnace repair, and beyond. We also offer routine repairs, HVAC tune ups, and installations.

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