While your air conditioner was engineered to withstand all of the crazy weather in Auburn, there are times that severe weather can lead to an AC repair. For example, bad weather oftentimes goes hand-in-hand with power surges. And 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 enhance protection during stormy weather.
A lot of 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 potentially damage your AC if you forget 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 find your unit is in standing water after a storm, be sure to call Forster Heating before you turn it back on.
Another threat to your AC throughout severe weather is falling (or flying) objects. This is a little hard to prevent, but keeping loose outdoor items restrained can help lower your risk. Once the storm passes, make sure to remove any debris that may have gathered around your unit. If debris happens to hit and damage your unit, Forster Heating 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 tolerate water, your AC was made to handle lots of heat from the sun. But, the hotter the sun, the harder your AC has to run to cool your house. You can help control 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. 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 wonder if you are in need of an AC repair, call Forster Heating. We can be available at 530-885-8081.