How Severe Weather Can Lead to an AC Repair

August 11, 2017

While your air conditioner was designed to withstand all of the crazy weather in Derby, sometimes severe weather can result in an AC repair. For example, 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 ideal to turn your system off using your thermostat and turn off the circuit breaker to offer maximum protection during a storm.

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 unnecessary, and could actually damage your AC if you forget to remove the covering before operating it again. Your AC was made 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, you’ll want to call Giordanos Heating and Air Conditioning before you turn it back on.

Another danger to your AC throughout severe weather is falling (or flying) objects. This is a little hard to prevent, but keeping loose outdoor items contained can help lower your risk. Once the storm passes, make sure to clean up any debris that may have collected around your unit. If debris happens to hit and damage your unit, Giordanos Heating and Air Conditioning can inspect 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 tolerate 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 run to cool your home. 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 roughly 78 degrees Fahrenheit on extremely 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 wonder if you are in need of an AC repair, call Giordanos Heating and Air Conditioning. We can be reached at 203-772-8319.