While your air conditioner was engineered to bear all of the crazy weather in Kutztown, there are times that severe weather can lead to an AC repair. As an 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 take steps to protect your AC. It’s most appropriate to turn your system off using your thermostat and turn off the circuit breaker to offer maximum protection during severe storms.
A lot of people have concerns 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 neglect to remove the covering before running it again. Your AC was built to handle rain and snow, so save your money and avoid 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 Moyer Total Indoor Comfort before you turn it back on.
Another hazard to your AC during severe weather is falling (or flying) objects. This is a little difficult to prevent, but keeping loose outdoor items contained can help minimize your risk. Once the storm passes, make sure to clean up any debris that may have accumulated around your unit. If debris did hit and damage your unit, Moyer Total Indoor Comfort can check 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 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 prevent 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 easier the work is for your AC. Many people are still comfortable with their thermostats set to around 78 degrees Fahrenheit on extremely hot days. Note 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 Moyer Total Indoor Comfort. We can be reached at 484-646-3363.