Summer is a time of thunderstorms and bad weather. These storms and bad weather often cause damage to our homes and that includes damage to your AC unit. While our AC units are built to withstand some bad weather, it may not hold up in severe weather. If you have experienced a nasty storm, it may be time to consult a professional AC repair technician.
AC Repair and Weather
Thunderstorms can lead to power surges that may cause electrical damage to your home. Because your air conditioning unit is electric, it could be affected by these power surges. Protect your ac unit from electrical surges by turning off your thermostat or even the entire circuit breaker that controls the air conditioner to avoid power surges that cause damage during severe storms. Bad weather also brings about significant wind gusts that can cause debris to fly into your yard. This debris may even crash into your air conditioning unit and cause damage. While you can’t control this, you can anchor down objects in your yard if you think they may fly up during a storm. After severe weather, inspect your unit and clear away any debris that has collected near your ac unit. If you encounter storm damage that affects your air conditioner, contact an ac repair technician from Comfort Exports to inspect your unit.
What To Avoid During Severe Weather
If severe weather is headed your way, your first inclination might be to cover your air conditioning unit with a tarp. However, this is not suggested. Covering your unit may actually lead to more damage in the long run. Moisture from the rainstorm will get in, and if the tarp is left on for too long, plants or mold will begin to grow in and around your unit. This will affect performance and may eventually lead to needing significant ac repairs or a new unit. Also, you run the risk of forgetting that you put a tarp over your unit. If you turn on the ac unit after the storm with the tarp still on, it will affect the airflow and damage the unit. However, if you know that you have standing water near your ac unit after a severe storm, contact an ac professional before turning it back on.
The Summer Heat
Summer not only brings about storms but also scorching hot temperatures. Although your AC unit can withstand the heat and sun, avoid additional wear and tear on your unit by setting your thermostat a little warmer on the hottest summer days. If your setting is too low, your unit may struggle to keep up with the weather outside. Setting your thermostat around 78 degrees is still a comfortable setting but not so low that your unit will be working too hard.
If you have had severe weather and find your ac unit isn’t working properly, call a professional ac repair technician at Comfort Experts for all your ac repair needs.