While your air conditioner was designed to endure all of the crazy weather in Rockford, sometimes severe weather can lead to an AC repair. For instance, 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 most appropriate to turn your system off using your thermostat and turn off the circuit breaker to increase protection during stormy weather.
A lot of 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 potentially damage your AC if you don’t remember to remove the covering before running it again. Your AC was designed to handle rain and snow, so save 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, make sure to call Temperature Doctors Heating & Cooling, Inc before you turn it back on.
Another hazard to your AC in 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 remove any debris that may have gathered around your unit. If debris does hit and damage your unit, Temperature Doctors Heating & Cooling, Inc can inspect it and perform an AC repair if it’s needed.
In addition to storms, summer is known for its scorching heat. Just like it was made to endure 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 operate to cool your house. You can help monitor 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 less strenuous the work is for your AC. Many people are still comfortable with their thermostats set to about 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 think you are in need of an AC repair, call Temperature Doctors Heating & Cooling, Inc. We can be available at (815)914-6197.