How Severe Weather Can Lead to an AC Repair

August 11, 2017

While your air conditioner was engineered to bear all of the crazy weather in Ballwin and St. Charles, sometimes severe weather can result in an AC repair. For instance, 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 best to turn your system off using your thermostat and turn off the circuit breaker to increase protection during severe storms.

A lot of people are concerned 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 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 find your unit is in standing water after a storm, be sure to call Air Alliance Team 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 pick up any debris that may have accumulated around your unit. If debris does hit and damage your unit, Air Alliance Team 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 large amounts of heat from the sun. But, the hotter the sun, the harder your AC has to operate to cool your indoor space. You can help monitor 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 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. Remember 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 wonder if you are in need of an AC repair, call Air Alliance Team. We can be contacted at 636-206-4250.