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 Jefferson City, sometimes severe weather can lead to an AC repair. For example, bad weather oftentimes coincides with power surges. Because your AC is electronic, and power surges and electronics are not compatible, you’ll want to make an effort 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 stormy weather.

Many 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 you run it again. Your AC was made to handle rain and snow, so save your money and avoid 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 Stieferman Heating Company 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 restrained can help reduce 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, Stieferman Heating Company 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 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 run 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 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 think you are in need of an AC repair, call Stieferman Heating Company Inc. We can be contacted at 573-203-3908.