How Severe Weather Can Lead to an AC Repair

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While your air conditioner was engineered to bear all of the crazy weather in New Castle, 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 make an effort 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 a storm.

Some people are concerned about too much water getting on their air conditioner and elect to cover it with a tarp or cover. This is unnecessary, and could actually damage your AC if you forget to remove the covering before operating it again. Your AC was built to handle rain and snow, so hold onto 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 Central Heating & Plumbing before you turn it back on.

Another hazard to your AC during severe weather is falling (or flying) objects. This is a little harder to prevent, but keeping loose outdoor items restrained can help lower your risk. Once the storm passes, make sure to remove any debris that may have gathered around your unit. If debris did hit and damage your unit, Central Heating & Plumbing can check 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 lots 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 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 easier 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 believe you are in need of an AC repair, call Central Heating & Plumbing. We can be available at 724-658-7111.

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