While your air conditioner was built to withstand all of the crazy weather in Lake Forest, there are times that severe weather can lead to an AC repair. For example, bad weather oftentimes coincides 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 most appropriate to turn your system off using your thermostat and turn off the circuit breaker to offer maximum protection during stormy weather.
Many people have concerns 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 potentially 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 avoid 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 1st Choice Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. before you turn it back on.
Another danger 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 minimize your risk. Once the storm passes, make sure to pick up any debris that may have collected around your unit. If debris happens to hit and damage your unit, 1st Choice Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. 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 lots of heat from the sun. But, the hotter the sun, the harder your AC has to operate to cool your house. You can help prevent 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. 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 believe you are in need of an AC repair, call 1st Choice Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc.. We can be available at 949-204-0859.