While your air conditioner was designed to withstand all of the crazy weather in Hamilton, occasionally severe weather can lead to an AC repair. For instance, bad weather oftentimes goes hand-in-hand with power surges. Because 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 increase protection during a storm.
Some 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 actually damage your AC if you forget to remove the covering before running it again. Your AC was built to handle rain and snow, so hold onto your money and prevent 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 Carefree Heating and Cooling, LLC before you turn it back on.
Another danger to your AC during severe weather is falling (or flying) objects. This is a little hard to prevent, but keeping loose outdoor items contained can help minimize 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, Carefree Heating and Cooling, LLC can inspect it and perform an AC repair if it’s needed.
In addition to storms, summer is known for its scorching 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 operate to cool your house. You can help monitor some wear and tear by keeping your home’s temperature setting a little warmer 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 about 78 degrees Fahrenheit on really hot days. Remember 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 believe you are in need of an AC repair, call Carefree Heating and Cooling, LLC. We can be contacted at 513-268-5164.