While your air conditioner was designed to endure all of the crazy weather in Excelsior Springs, there are times that severe weather can lead to an AC repair. As an example, bad weather oftentimes goes hand-in-hand with power surges. Since 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 enhance protection during severe storms.
A lot of people worry about too much water getting on their air conditioner and choose to cover it with a tarp or cover. This is unnecessary, and could essentially damage your AC if you neglect to remove the covering before you run it again. Your AC was built to handle rain and snow, so save 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, make sure to call Colvin's Heating and Cooling before you turn it back on.
Another threat to your AC during 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 did hit and damage your unit, Colvin's Heating and 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 control 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 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 effects of severe weather on your air conditioner, or wonder if you are in need of an AC repair, call Colvin's Heating and Cooling. We can be contacted at 816-379-3918.