How Severe Weather Can Lead to an AC Repair

While your air conditioner was built to bear all of the crazy weather in Pacheco, sometimes severe weather can lead to 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 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 increase protection during stormy weather.

Some 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 neglect to remove the covering before running it again. Your AC was designed to handle rain and snow, so keep your money and avoid a potential AC repair by not covering your unit. However, if you see that your unit is in standing water after a storm, make sure to call Clean Air HVAC before you turn it back on.

Another threat to your AC in severe weather is falling (or flying) objects. This is a little harder to prevent, but keeping loose outdoor items secured can help reduce your risk. Once the storm passes, make sure to pick up any debris that may have gathered around your unit. If debris happens to hit and damage your unit, Clean Air HVAC can inspect 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 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 home. 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 around 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 threat of severe weather on your air conditioner, or believe you are in need of an AC repair, call Clean Air HVAC. We can be reached at 925-233-6238.

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