While your air conditioner was designed to bear all of the crazy weather in Opelika, there are times that severe weather can result in an AC repair. As an example, bad weather oftentimes coincides with power surges. And since your AC is electronic, and power surges and electronics are not compatible, you’ll want to try to protect your AC. It’s best to turn your system off using your thermostat and turn off the circuit breaker to increase protection during stormy weather.
Some people worry about too much water getting on their air conditioner and choose to cover it with a tarp or cover. This is unnecessary, and could potentially damage your AC if you forget to remove the covering before running it again. Your AC was designed to handle rain and snow, so keep 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, you’ll want to call Farnell Mechanical, Inc. before you turn it back on.
Another danger to your AC in 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 pick up any debris that may have accumulated around your unit. If debris does hit and damage your unit, Farnell Mechanical, Inc. 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 withstand 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 work to cool your indoor space. 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 simpler the work is for your AC. Many people are still comfortable with their thermostats set to around 78 degrees Fahrenheit on extremely hot days. Don’t forget 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 Farnell Mechanical, Inc.. We can be available at 334-524-2458.