While your air conditioner was designed to bear all of the crazy weather in Heflin, sometimes severe weather can lead to an AC repair. For example, bad weather oftentimes coincides with power surges. Because 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 a storm.
Many 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 operating it again. Your AC was made to handle rain and snow, so hold onto your money and prevent a potential AC repair by not covering your unit. However, if you notice your unit is in standing water after a storm, make sure to call Bain Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc before you turn it back on.
Another danger to your AC throughout 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 clean up any debris that may have collected around your unit. If debris did hit and damage your unit, Bain Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc can inspect it and perform an AC repair if it’s needed.
In addition to storms, summer is known for its sweltering heat. Just like it was made to tolerate 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 work to cool your home. You can help control 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 about 78 degrees Fahrenheit on exceptionally 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 Bain Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. We can be contacted at 256-270-1196.