While your air conditioner was designed to bear all of the crazy weather in Laurel, occasionally severe weather can result in an AC repair. As an example, bad weather oftentimes corresponds with power surges. And 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 enhance protection during a storm.
Many people worry about too much water getting on their air conditioner and decide to cover it with a tarp or cover. This does not help, and could essentially damage your AC if you don’t remember 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 notice your unit is in standing water after a storm, be sure to call H&C Heating and Cooling before you turn it back on.
Another danger to your AC during severe weather is falling (or flying) objects. This is a little harder to prevent, but keeping loose outdoor items restrained can help lower your risk. Once the storm passes, make sure to pick up any debris that may have gathered around your unit. If debris did hit and damage your unit, H&C Heating and Cooling can examine it and perform an AC repair if it’s needed.
In addition to storms, summer is known for its blazing heat. Just like it was made to endure water, your AC was made to handle a lot 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 bit higher on these days. The closer your indoor temperature is to the outdoor temperature, the simpler the work is for your AC. Many people are still comfortable with their thermostats set to about 78 degrees Fahrenheit on extremely hot days. Remember 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 wonder if you are in need of an AC repair, call H&C Heating and Cooling. We can be contacted at 301-960-3247.