How Severe Weather Can Lead to an AC Repair

August 11, 2017

While your air conditioner was designed to bear all of the crazy weather in Stuart, there are times that severe weather can result in an AC repair. For example, bad weather oftentimes goes hand-in-hand with power surges. And since your AC is electronic, and power surges and electronics are not compatible, you’ll want to make an effort to protect your AC. It’s most appropriate to turn your system off using your thermostat and turn off the circuit breaker to increase protection during severe storms.

A lot of people worry about too much water getting on their air conditioner and choose to cover it with a tarp or cover. This is unnecessary, and could actually damage your AC if you neglect to remove the covering before running it again. Your AC was made to handle rain and snow, so save your money and avert a potential AC repair by not covering your unit. However, if you find your unit is in standing water after a storm, make sure to call Breathe Healthier Air before you turn it back on.

Another threat to your AC during severe weather is falling (or flying) objects. This is a little harder to prevent, but keeping loose outdoor items contained can help reduce your risk. Once the storm passes, make sure to pick up any debris that may have collected around your unit. If debris did hit and damage your unit, Breathe Healthier 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 endure water, your AC was made to handle lots of heat from the sun. But, the hotter the sun, the harder your AC has to work to cool your home. You can help prevent some wear and tear by keeping your home’s temperature setting a little higher 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 exceptionally hot days. Don’t forget that the older your AC is, the more it may struggle in hotter weather.

If you have any questions about the effects of severe weather on your air conditioner, or think you are in need of an AC repair, call Breathe Healthier Air. We can be reached at 772-600-7151.