While your air conditioner was designed to bear all of the crazy weather in Arlington, 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. 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 best to turn your system off using your thermostat and turn off the circuit breaker to offer maximum protection during a storm.
Some people are concerned about too much water getting on their air conditioner and decide to cover it with a tarp or cover. This is unnecessary, and could essentially damage your AC if you don’t remember to remove the covering before operating 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 find your unit is in standing water after a storm, you’ll want to call Service Max Heating & Air Conditioning before you turn it back on.
Another hazard 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 lower your risk. Once the storm passes, make sure to remove any debris that may have accumulated around your unit. If debris did hit and damage your unit, Service Max Heating & Air Conditioning 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 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 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 less strenuous the work is for your AC. Many people are still comfortable with their thermostats set to roughly 78 degrees Fahrenheit on really 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 think you are in need of an AC repair, call Service Max Heating & Air Conditioning. We can be contacted at 360-255-5857.