How Severe Weather Can Lead to an AC Repair 08/11/2017While your air conditioner was designed to withstand all of the crazy weather in Selbyville, sometimes severe weather can result in an AC repair. As an example, bad weather oftentimes corresponds with power surges. Because 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 stormy weather. Many people are concerned about too much water getting on their air conditioner and decide to cover it with a tarp or cover. This is not necessary, and could essentially damage your AC if you don’t remember to remove the covering before you run it again. Your AC was made to handle rain and snow, so save 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 Red Dog Cooling, Heating, & Plumbing 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 lower your risk. Once the storm passes, make sure to remove any debris that may have gathered around your unit. If debris happens to hit and damage your unit, Red Dog Cooling, Heating, & Plumbing can inspect 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 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 easier the work is for your AC. Many people are still comfortable with their thermostats set to roughly 78 degrees Fahrenheit on really 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 wonder if you are in need of an AC repair, call Red Dog Cooling, Heating, & Plumbing. We can be contacted at 302-436-2922 or through our convenient online scheduler.