While your air conditioner was built to bear all of the crazy weather in Newark, sometimes severe weather can lead to an AC repair. For example, 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 try to protect your AC. It’s ideal to turn your system off using your thermostat and turn off the circuit breaker to enhance protection during a storm.
Many people worry about too much water getting on their air conditioner and decide 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 you run it again. Your AC was built to handle rain and snow, so save 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, you’ll want to call Luikart Heating & Cooling before you turn it back on.
Another hazard to your AC in 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 did hit and damage your unit, Luikart Heating & Cooling can examine it and perform an AC repair if it’s needed.
In addition to storms, summer is known for its blazing heat. Just like it was made to tolerate 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 monitor 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 easier 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 think you are in need of an AC repair, call Luikart Heating & Cooling. We can be available at 740-200-5591.