While your air conditioner was designed to endure all of the crazy weather in Hodgenville, there are times that severe weather can result in an AC repair. For instance, bad weather oftentimes corresponds with power surges. Since your AC is electronic, and power surges and electronics are not compatible, you’ll want to try to protect your AC. It’s ideal to turn your system off using your thermostat and turn off the circuit breaker to offer maximum protection during severe storms.
Many people are concerned 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 actually damage your AC if you forget to remove the covering before running it again. Your AC was built to handle rain and snow, so hold onto your money and avert a potential AC repair by not covering your unit. However, if you notice your unit is in standing water after a storm, you’ll want to call Phelps Heating & Cooling before you turn it back on.
Another danger to your AC during severe weather is falling (or flying) objects. This is a little difficult to prevent, but keeping loose outdoor items restrained can help lower your risk. Once the storm passes, make sure to remove any debris that may have collected around your unit. If debris does hit and damage your unit, Phelps Heating & Cooling 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 large amounts of heat from the sun. But, the hotter the sun, the harder your AC has to operate to cool your indoor space. 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 roughly 78 degrees Fahrenheit on exceptionally 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 believe you are in need of an AC repair, call Phelps Heating & Cooling. We can be available at 270-358-3167.