How Severe Weather Can Lead to an AC Repair 08/11/2017While your air conditioner was designed to endure all of the crazy weather in Ballwin, sometimes severe weather can result in an AC repair. For 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 enhance protection during a storm. Many 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 essentially damage your AC if you neglect to remove the covering before running it again. Your AC was made 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, you’ll want to call Holiday Heating & Air Conditioning 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 contained 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, Holiday Heating & Air Conditioning can examine 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 a lot of heat from the sun. But, the hotter the sun, the harder your AC has to run to cool your indoor space. 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 less strenuous 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 threat of severe weather on your air conditioner, or wonder if you are in need of an AC repair, call Holiday Heating & Air Conditioning. We can be contacted at 636-391-7377 or through our convenient online scheduler.