While your air conditioner was engineered to bear all of the crazy weather in Payson, occasionally 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 ideal to turn your system off using your thermostat and turn off the circuit breaker to enhance protection during a storm.
A lot of people worry about too much water getting on their air conditioner and elect to cover it with a tarp or cover. This is unnecessary, and could potentially damage your AC if you don’t remember to remove the covering before operating it again. Your AC was designed to handle rain and snow, so keep your money and prevent 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 North Mechanical Heating and Cooling before you turn it back on.
Another threat 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 lower your risk. Once the storm passes, make sure to pick up any debris that may have collected around your unit. If debris did hit and damage your unit, North Mechanical Heating and Cooling 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 endure water, your AC was made to handle lots of heat from the sun. But, the hotter the sun, the harder your AC has to run to cool your house. You can help control some wear and tear by keeping your home’s temperature setting a little bit higher 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 about 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 effects of severe weather on your air conditioner, or think you are in need of an AC repair, call North Mechanical Heating and Cooling. We can be contacted at 928-263-8570.