How Severe Weather Can Lead to an AC Repair

August 11, 2017

While your air conditioner was built to endure all of the crazy weather in Carpentersville, occasionally severe weather can lead to 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 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 offer maximum protection during stormy weather.

A lot of people have concerns about too much water getting on their air conditioner and choose 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 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, make sure to call Controlled Comfort HVAC Inc before you turn it back on.

Another hazard to your AC in severe weather is falling (or flying) objects. This is a little harder to prevent, but keeping loose outdoor items restrained can help lower your risk. Once the storm passes, make sure to clean up any debris that may have gathered around your unit. If debris did hit and damage your unit, Controlled Comfort HVAC Inc can check it and perform an AC repair if it’s needed.

In addition to storms, summer is known for its sweltering heat. Just like it was made to tolerate water, your AC was made to handle lots of heat from the sun. But, the hotter the sun, the harder your AC has to run 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 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 threat of severe weather on your air conditioner, or wonder if you are in need of an AC repair, call Controlled Comfort HVAC Inc. We can be contacted at 224-412-8308.