While your air conditioner was engineered to bear all of the crazy weather in Norco and St. Charles Parish, occasionally severe weather can lead to an AC repair. As an example, bad weather oftentimes corresponds with power surges. And since 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 offer maximum protection during a storm.
A lot of people have concerns about too much water getting on their air conditioner and decide to cover it with a tarp or cover. This is unnecessary, and could potentially damage your AC if you forget to remove the covering before operating it again. Your AC was built to handle rain and snow, so save your money and avert 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 Mayeuxs AC & Heating before you turn it back on.
Another danger to your AC in severe weather is falling (or flying) objects. This is a little hard to prevent, but keeping loose outdoor items restrained can help minimize your risk. Once the storm passes, make sure to remove any debris that may have collected around your unit. If debris does hit and damage your unit, Mayeuxs AC & Heating 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 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 work to cool your house. You can help control 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 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 effects of severe weather on your air conditioner, or wonder if you are in need of an AC repair, call Mayeuxs AC & Heating. We can be reached at (985) 764-2426.