While your air conditioner was engineered to endure all of the crazy weather in Brandon, there are times that severe weather can lead to an AC repair. As an example, bad weather oftentimes coincides with power surges. Since 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 best to turn your system off using your thermostat and turn off the circuit breaker to offer maximum protection during stormy weather.
Many 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 actually damage your AC if you forget to remove the covering before running it again. Your AC was made to handle rain and snow, so save 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, you’ll want to call Brandon Heating and Plumbing before you turn it back on.
Another danger to your AC during severe weather is falling (or flying) objects. This is a little harder to prevent, but keeping loose outdoor items secured can help reduce your risk. Once the storm passes, make sure to remove any debris that may have collected around your unit. If debris happens to hit and damage your unit, Brandon Heating and Plumbing can examine 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 a lot of heat from the sun. But, the hotter the sun, the harder your AC has to operate to cool your home. 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 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. 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 think you are in need of an AC repair, call Brandon Heating and Plumbing. We can be reached at 204-728-0180.