While your air conditioner was designed to bear all of the crazy weather in Rochester, sometimes severe weather can result in 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 try 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 severe storms.
Many people are concerned about too much water getting on their air conditioner and choose to cover it with a tarp or cover. This is unnecessary, and could essentially damage your AC if you neglect to remove the covering before operating it again. Your AC was made to handle rain and snow, so save your money and prevent a potential AC repair by not covering your unit. However, if you see that your unit is in standing water after a storm, be sure to call Brogan Heating & AC Inc before you turn it back on.
Another threat to your AC in severe weather is falling (or flying) objects. This is a little hard to prevent, but keeping loose outdoor items secured 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 happens to hit and damage your unit, Brogan Heating & AC Inc can inspect 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 lots 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 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 about 78 degrees Fahrenheit on extremely 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 threat of severe weather on your air conditioner, or believe you are in need of an AC repair, call Brogan Heating & AC Inc. We can be reached at 507-218-0088.