Residential and commercial HVAC system technology has come a long way from where it started. We’ve gone from box and ceiling fans to intelligent heating and AC systems that “know” when to turn on and off, how long they should run, and precisely how warm or cool you want your home or office to be. But, unfortunately, people take their AC units for granted, expecting they’ll continue to work great no matter what, and this is true—until it isn’t.

Here are ten signs you need emergency AC service right away from Peace Heating & Air Conditioning, your Charlotte area NATE-certified HVAC technicians. 

If you notice these signs, click here or call Peace Heating & Air Conditioning at (704) 318-4151 for prompt, friendly, efficient emergency HVAC repairs!


  1. Odd noises from your air conditioner


A strange sound is probably the most common and reliable early warning sign that you need air conditioning repair. All AC units make some sort of noise while operating, like the sound of the unit’s compressor motor kicking on or the whoosh of air current circulating in the space. These sounds are perfectly normal and mean the unit is doing what it’s supposed to. What isn’t normal is when you hear rattling, banging, pinging, gurgling or liquid sounds from within the system, especially when the system turns on or off. Call Peace Heating & Air Conditioning for 24-hour emergency AC service if you notice these noises. It’s typically a lot less expensive and more cost-effective to have air conditioner repair services done at the first indication of a problem than needing a complete air conditioning installation after the situation has become so serious that your system doesn’t work at all in the dead of summer!


  1. Bad smells


Music and cheese should be funky. Your home shouldn’t be—especially if your AC install is the reason! You may notice musty or damp smells emanating from your unit. Such a smell could signify that your unit needs drain cleaning, or that you have ice in your AC system, and you should do this servicing as soon as possible. If you smell smoke or the foul stink of burning insulation, turn the unit off immediately and cut the breaker just to be on the safe side. Then contact a qualified HVAC contractor like Peace Heating & Air Conditioning for 24-hour emergency repair service right away!


  1. Poor indoor air quality


Your HVAC system and every air duct and vent that connects to it do a lot more than just keep you and the people you care about comfortable. The AC also plays a crucial role in promoting airflow, maintaining a comfortable indoor humidity range, and cleaning your air by filtering out contaminants, allergens, and toxic elements like mold spores. For example, suppose you notice your family is struggling with seasonal allergies and respiratory ailments more than usual during the spring and summer. In that case, there’s an excellent chance it’s time for urgent HVAC services from someone with the equipment and expertise to do the job correctly. Calling in your Mooresville air conditioning specialist is much cheaper over time than stocking up on antihistamines!


  1. Ice on the unit


Even at its coldest settings, your air conditioning should never get cold enough to allow frost, let alone ice, to form on the evaporator coils and other parts. If you do, a coolant leak or other problem may be the cause. Worse still, when the ice melts, it can lead to standing water within or under your unit, which could cause all sorts of problems depending on where it’s located. No matter what, it’s important to get it checked out by a qualified HVAC service for appropriate leak detection and air conditioner repairs right away!


  1. Circuit breakers popping frequently


Anyone who’s ever dealt with an overloaded modern electrical system knows running up and down stairs or in and out of the room to get to where your breaker box is located to reset circuit breakers is a pain in the neck. But when your AC unit is the reason the breaker keeps popping, emergency air conditioning repair is a must to keep your home safe and reduce the risk of an electrical fire. In the pantheon of HVAC emergencies, this is probably the top one for 24-hour emergency service—because it could easily lead to needing “REAL” emergency services to be called if you don’t!


  1. Is it hot in here?


Many people ignore the obvious fact that heating, air conditioning, and ventilation aren’t the same things. Your well-running furnace shouldn’t be working to air condition your home, and AC doesn’t stand for air heating! If it’s not working, you may quickly find other problems, such as icing over, smelling smoke, or loud noises from the system. Therefore, it’s a good idea to get 24-hour AC repair service ASAP before your air conditioner turns into an unnecessary AC replacement!


  1. Improper thermostat function


Even “smart” thermostats are relatively simple devices, and there are only so many things that can go wrong with them. It could be a short in the thermostat or a part failure in the thermostat itself, but the most likely culprit is your air conditioning unit. If the temperature setting on your thermostat doesn’t jibe with the real feel of your home, there’s a good chance you need 24-hour air conditioning service to help keep you and those you care about comfortable.  


  1. Cycling too fast


Your HVAC system is designed to “cycle” between being on to do its job and being off to allow the system to rest. Cycling means it will kick on and off, but the cycles should be predictable and not too close together. If your AC runs for only a few minutes and then cycles to off, back to on, back to off, in rapid succession, your compressor motor, fan belt, and other components could break under strain. If you notice fast cycling, you should bring in air conditioning services as soon as possible to prevent further damage.


  1. Poor airflow


There are many reasons your AC might deliver poor airflow—and one few people think of is the ductwork. Leakage in your duct installation forces your AC and heating installation to work harder to achieve the same volume of chilled or heated air, leading to premature failure of parts or the entire system and forcing you to replace the whole system years before its expected service life expires. Air duct leak detection performed by a properly trained emergency AC repair service can help determine if you need duct sealing or other duct repairs or if your AC unit itself is the culprit and requires air conditioning repair.


  1. Your HVAC system doesn’t work at all.


You adjust your thermostat—and nothing happens. No clicks. No whirs. No breeze. Your AC has stopped responding entirely. The breaker for that circuit hasn’t been popped, but you reset it anyway—still nothing. You wait and try again. Nothing. Your air conditioner is now a piece of modern sculpture.

Or is it?

Before you consign your air conditioner to that great junk pile in the sky, emergency air conditioner repair might be able to bring it back to life. It’s possible the compressor motor has burned out and needs to be replaced. On the other hand, it could be that a bearing has come loose. There are several reasons your unit could be unresponsive but don’t necessarily mean writing it off entirely—but only a qualified emergency HVAC services company like Peace Heating & Air Conditioning can tell you for sure.


If your AC is on the blink, click here or call Peace Heating & Air Conditioning at (704) 318-4151 for a 24-hour emergency AC service you can count on. 

And to find out more about our emergency HVAC services, our FAQ below answers real questions from folks just like you about 24hour AC repair and why Peace Heating & Air Conditioning is “Where peace of mind meets heating and air conditioning” when you need emergency AC services!


Frequently Asked Questions About Emergency AC Service


No one wants to need AC repairs, but if you do, Peace Heating & Air Conditioning has you covered with 24-hour AC services so you and your family can keep your cool, even at the peak of summer!


Question: What’s the best way to prevent needing HVAC emergency services, so I don’t have to pay an overtime charge? –John, Greenville, NC

Answer: Regular servicing by a properly trained and certified full-service air conditioning contractor is and will always be the best way to get the maximum service life and performance from your unit. Air conditioning services, including a full inspection for wear, tear, time-of-life failures, and possible problems, can help you avoid a costly air conditioning repair later, especially during the hot months when you need it most. Unfortunately, even with regular maintenance, sometimes you can’t avoid emergency HVAC repair. For example, an unusually hot or dry summer, an unexpected part failure, or activity from birds, insects, or small animals can all lead to emergency air conditioner repair no one could see coming. Still, regular maintenance and inspection can help reduce the risk of needing emergency HVAC service down the road—and Peace Heating & Air Conditioning never charges extra for emergency calls!


Question: Do I need emergency air conditioning service for everything you listed? –Adina, Stanley, NC

Answer: Granted, most people don’t think of emergency air conditioner repair the same way they do as, for instance, a medical emergency. They don’t consider that HVAC emergency services can help prevent the need for the other kind. What if that scorched smell you notice when your AC kicks on is from burning insulation? You could have an electrical fire on your hands. What if you have older people, babies, or immunocompromised people in your home or business? You might think heating repair is more crucial because even in North Carolina, winter weather can be harsh—but in the June 2021 Heat Wave in the Pacific Northwest, over 1400 people in three states and Canada are estimated to have died as a direct result of excessive heat, most but by no means of them elderly or infirm. If your AC goes out when it’s hotter than you or those in your home or business can comfortably tolerate, you should call for emergency HVAC service right away!


Question: What brands do you do air condition repair on? –Lucretia, Kinston, NC

Answer: Peace Heating & Air Conditioning’s NATE-certified technicians offer regular maintenance and emergency heating and air conditioning repair on models from all major manufacturers and most off-brands. We back our work with the Peace Satisfaction Guarantee and the best warranties in the business, so you can always feel safe and secure that your HVAC repairs are performed correctly by people who understand and care about doing the job right the first time, every time!


Question: What other services does Peace Heating & Air Conditioning offer besides emergency AC service? –Freddy, Kannapolis, NC

Peace Heating & Air Conditioning is proud to provide a complete menu of installation, inspection, maintenance, repair, and replacement services for all HVAC systems and units, including but not limited to:

  • AC repair
  • AC maintenance
  • AC inspection
  • Duct cleaning
  • Duct inspection
  • Electric and gas furnace installation
  • Heat pump repair
  • Heater repair
  • And much, much more!


Question: What areas do Peace Heating & Air Conditioning serve? –Oswald, New Bern, NC

Answer: Peace Heating & Air Conditioning is proudly serving communities across the Charlotte and greater Lake Norman area with superior air conditioning and heating repair and maintenance, including cities and towns like:

  • Bessemer
  • Charlotte
  • China Grove
  • Concord
  • Cornelius
  • Davidson
  • Huntersville
  • Indian Trail
  • Lake Norman
  • Mint Hill
  • Statesville
  • And many more!

If you don’t see your town on the list or need emergency AC service right away, give us a call at (704) 746-9723 or click here to contact Peace Heating & Air Conditioning. 

We’ll do everything we can to help you get you taken care of with the fast, friendly, expert service that has made Peace Heating & Air Conditioning where peace of mind meets heating and air conditioning!







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