How Severe Weather Can Lead to an AC Repair 08/11/2017While your air conditioner was engineered to withstand all of the crazy weather in Excelsior Springs, occasionally severe weather can lead to an AC repair. As an example, bad weather oftentimes coincides 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 best to turn your system off using your thermostat and turn off the circuit breaker to enhance protection during stormy weather. 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 not necessary, and could actually damage your AC if you forget to remove the covering before you run it again. Your AC was made to handle rain and snow, so save 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 Colvin's Inc 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 reduce your risk. Once the storm passes, make sure to clean up any debris that may have collected around your unit. If debris did hit and damage your unit, Colvin's Inc 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 withstand 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 simpler 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 Colvin's Inc. We can be available at 816-630-2702 or through our convenient online scheduler.