While your air conditioner was designed to bear all of the crazy weather in Sacramento, there are times that severe weather can lead to an AC repair. As an example, bad weather oftentimes corresponds with power surges. 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 severe storms.
Many people worry about too much water getting on their air conditioner and choose to cover it with a tarp or cover. This does not help, and could potentially damage your AC if you neglect to remove the covering before running it again. Your AC was designed to handle rain and snow, so keep your money and avoid a potential AC repair by not covering your unit. However, if you find your unit is in standing water after a storm, you’ll want to call American HVAC Inc before you turn it back on.
Another threat to your AC in severe weather is falling (or flying) objects. This is a little hard to prevent, but keeping loose outdoor items secured can help minimize your risk. Once the storm passes, make sure to remove any debris that may have collected around your unit. If debris happens to hit and damage your unit, American HVAC Inc can inspect 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 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 work to cool your indoor space. You can help control some wear and tear by keeping your home’s temperature setting a little warmer 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 about 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 effects of severe weather on your air conditioner, or believe you are in need of an AC repair, call American HVAC Inc. We can be reached at 916-243-6714.