While your air conditioner was designed to withstand all of the crazy weather in Wharton, there are times that severe weather can lead to an AC repair. As an example, bad weather oftentimes corresponds 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 most appropriate to turn your system off using your thermostat and turn off the circuit breaker to increase protection during stormy weather.
Some people are concerned 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 essentially damage your AC if you don’t remember to remove the covering before running it again. Your AC was made to handle rain and snow, so keep 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 Faust Air Conditioning and Heating before you turn it back on.
Another threat to your AC during severe weather is falling (or flying) objects. This is a little harder to prevent, but keeping loose outdoor items secured can help lower your risk. Once the storm passes, make sure to remove any debris that may have accumulated around your unit. If debris happens to hit and damage your unit, Faust Air Conditioning and Heating can check 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 operate to cool your home. 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 roughly 78 degrees Fahrenheit on extremely hot days. Note that the older your AC is, the more it may struggle in hotter weather.
If you have any questions about the impact of severe weather on your air conditioner, or think you are in need of an AC repair, call Faust Air Conditioning and Heating. We can be contacted at 979-323-6130.