While your air conditioner was built to bear all of the crazy weather in Phoenix, occasionally severe weather can lead to an AC repair. For example, bad weather oftentimes corresponds with power surges. Since your AC is electronic, and power surges and electronics are not compatible, you’ll want to try to protect your AC. It’s ideal to turn your system off using your thermostat and turn off the circuit breaker to increase protection during severe storms.
Many people are concerned 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 don’t remember to remove the covering before running it again. Your AC was designed to handle rain and snow, so keep your money and avert a potential AC repair by not covering your unit. However, if you notice your unit is in standing water after a storm, make sure to call Dial One Mears Air Conditioning & Heating 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 remove any debris that may have gathered around your unit. If debris happens to hit and damage your unit, Dial One Mears Air Conditioning & Heating Inc can inspect it and perform an AC repair if it’s needed.
In addition to storms, summer is known for its blazing heat. Just like it was made to withstand 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 home. 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 easier the work is for your AC. Many people are still comfortable with their thermostats set to roughly 78 degrees Fahrenheit on exceptionally 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 think you are in need of an AC repair, call Dial One Mears Air Conditioning & Heating Inc. We can be reached at 602-832-7808.