While your air conditioner was built to endure all of the crazy weather in Magnolia, occasionally severe weather can lead to an AC repair. For instance, 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 take steps 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 a storm.
A lot of people worry 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 neglect to remove the covering before running it again. Your AC was made to handle rain and snow, so hold onto your money and avert 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 JTech Mechanical before you turn it back on.
Another danger to your AC during severe weather is falling (or flying) objects. This is a little hard to prevent, but keeping loose outdoor items restrained 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 happens to hit and damage your unit, JTech Mechanical 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 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 work 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 around 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 JTech Mechanical. We can be contacted at 281-231-8768.