While your air conditioner was designed to bear all of the crazy weather in McMurray, there are times that severe weather can lead to an AC repair. For instance, bad weather oftentimes goes hand-in-hand 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 severe storms.
Many people are concerned about too much water getting on their air conditioner and elect to cover it with a tarp or cover. This is not necessary, and could essentially damage your AC if you neglect to remove the covering before operating it again. Your AC was designed to handle rain and snow, so hold onto your money and avert a potential AC repair by not covering your unit. However, if you find your unit is in standing water after a storm, be sure to call Kowalski Heating, Cooling & Plumbing before you turn it back on.
Another hazard to your AC throughout severe weather is falling (or flying) objects. This is a little hard to prevent, but keeping loose outdoor items restrained can help reduce your risk. Once the storm passes, make sure to clean up any debris that may have gathered around your unit. If debris happens to hit and damage your unit, Kowalski Heating, Cooling & Plumbing 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 lots of heat from the sun. But, the hotter the sun, the harder your AC has to operate to cool your home. You can help control 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 about 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 impact of severe weather on your air conditioner, or think you are in need of an AC repair, call Kowalski Heating, Cooling & Plumbing. We can be reached at 724-370-0141.