HVAC emergencies often happen at the most inconvenient times. We take the system for granted and don’t always know what to do in an unexpected emergency situation. Fortunately, Tri-Tech Energy knows exactly which steps to take, and we’re going to share the relevant knowledge we’ve gained over the last thirty years.  

If your commercial HVAC system needs to be repaired by a professional almost immediately, Tri-Tech technicians are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. We are one of the largest providers of commercial HVAC services throughout New Jersey and are ready to help you. In the meantime, let’s take a closer look at what you can do during an HVAC emergency to minimize damage and extraneous costs. 

What is Considered an HVAC Emergency?   

So, exactly what parameters fall under an HVAC emergency? A hotel manager will interpret it differently than an office complex building manager. There are specific indications the building’s HVAC system needs urgent attention, whatever its use. A few of the most common indications include:

  • The system does not work at all. If the maintenance team reports the system failed, and they cannot determine a cause, it is best to contact HVAC specialists for a more in-depth investigation. 
  • Weak airflow. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have guidelines around ventilation and air quality in commercial and institutional buildings. If filters were replaced during the last routine service, and people are working in a confined space, it is best to get urgent assistance. 
  • Strange smells. Certain smells indicate faulty wiring, which could be a fire risk. When a gas smell emits from the HVAC system, it is considered an emergency.
  • Carbon monoxide detection system went off. Immediately take emergency steps, including contacting a specialized HVAC technician. 

What To Do For A HVAC System Breakdown  

Safety is always the first consideration in every situation. There are a few steps to take during an HVAC system breakdown, before asking for emergency assistance from your HVAC service provider. Modern energy-efficient HVAC systems have automated controls. Is the system highlighting a specific issue or room in question? If the issue is contained to one area, this may not warrant an emergency repair. However,  if your maintenance team cannot repair the problem, it is best to call for help. 

Older buildings often have HVAC systems with unique characteristics, and a bit of tinkering will get everything going again. If you’ve tried everything and it’s still not functioning, Tri-Tech can help. We have extensive experience with older buildings, and there is nothing we have not seen. After all, we put air conditioning in the 145-year-old St Mary’s church building and rectory.

How Much Will Emergency Commercial HVAC Repair Cost?  

The dreaded question coming to everyone’s mind after realizing their HVAC system needs urgent attention. The short answer? It depends on the problem, which only becomes clear once HVAC technicians complete a thorough inspection. The type and age of the system also affect the cost, so make sure you contact an HVAC company whose corporate philosophy is built on fairness. At Tri-Tech, we don’t overcharge or over-bill. Our experts will respond quickly to your call, look at your system as a whole, and identify the problem areas needing immediate attention.

What to Do in Case of an HVAC Carbon Monoxide Leak?  

Your HVAC will not create carbon monoxide (CO) unless faulty gas-powered boilers and furnaces leak it into the building’s system. CO is a colorless, odorless, tasteless, and poisonous gas. CO is dangerous and large amounts can overcome people without warning, causing them to lose consciousness and suffocate. The scariest part? Since it has no detectable odor, you will not know there is a carbon monoxide leak until the detection system goes off. 

What can you do when there is a suspected HVAC carbon monoxide leak? OSHA recommends immediately evacuating the building and moving people to fresh air in an open area. Call 911 for assistance and administer 100% oxygen to affected persons, where possible. Contact a professional commercial HVAC company once emergency services give your building the all-clear.   

Tri-Tech Energy encourages all clients to follow a regular HVAC maintenance schedule to limit possible emergencies. The goal is to keep the system running efficiently all the time, but we are available 24/7 for HVAC emergencies. Call Tri-Tech Energy today to learn more or visit our website at: https://www.tritechenergy.com/