While your air conditioner was built to endure all of the crazy weather in Genoa, occasionally severe weather can lead to an AC repair. For instance, bad weather oftentimes goes hand-in-hand with power surges. Since your AC is electronic, and power surges and electronics are not compatible, you’ll want to try to protect your AC. It’s ideal to turn your system off using your thermostat and turn off the circuit breaker to increase protection during stormy weather.
A lot of people worry about too much water getting on their air conditioner and elect to cover it with a tarp or cover. This is not necessary, and could potentially damage your AC if you neglect to remove the covering before operating it again. Your AC was designed to handle rain and snow, so hold onto your money and prevent a potential AC repair by not covering your unit. However, if you find your unit is in standing water after a storm, you’ll want to call Assured Appliance and Heating & Air before you turn it back on.
Another danger to your AC during severe weather is falling (or flying) objects. This is a little hard to prevent, but keeping loose outdoor items secured can help lower your risk. Once the storm passes, make sure to pick up any debris that may have collected around your unit. If debris happens to hit and damage your unit, Assured Appliance and Heating & Air can inspect it and perform an AC repair if it’s needed.
In addition to storms, summer is known for its scorching heat. Just like it was made to withstand water, your AC was made to handle lots of heat from the sun. But, the hotter the sun, the harder your AC has to operate to cool your house. You can help monitor some wear and tear by keeping your home’s temperature setting a little warmer on these days. The closer your indoor temperature is to the outdoor temperature, the easier the work is for your AC. Many people are still comfortable with their thermostats set to around 78 degrees Fahrenheit on really hot days. Note that the older your AC is, the more it may struggle in hotter weather.
If you have any questions about the threat of severe weather on your air conditioner, or think you are in need of an AC repair, call Assured Appliance and Heating & Air. We can be contacted at 847-306-8990.