While your air conditioner was designed to withstand all of the crazy weather in Monroe, there are times that severe weather can result in an AC repair. For instance, 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 try to protect your AC. It’s best to turn your system off using your thermostat and turn off the circuit breaker to increase protection during severe storms.
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 actually damage your AC if you don’t remember to remove the covering before you run it again. Your AC was made to handle rain and snow, so keep 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, be sure to call Lanz Furnace and Fireplace before you turn it back on.
Another hazard to your AC throughout 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 collected around your unit. If debris does hit and damage your unit, Lanz Furnace and Fireplace can check 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 endure 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 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 roughly 78 degrees Fahrenheit on really hot days. Note 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 wonder if you are in need of an AC repair, call Lanz Furnace and Fireplace. We can be available at 608-291-3606.