How Severe Weather Can Lead to an AC Repair 08/11/2017While your air conditioner was built to withstand all of the crazy weather in Richardson, sometimes severe weather can lead to an AC repair. As an example, bad weather oftentimes coincides with power surges. 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 most appropriate to turn your system off using your thermostat and turn off the circuit breaker to enhance protection during severe storms. Some people have concerns about too much water getting on their air conditioner and elect to cover it with a tarp or cover. This does not help, and could actually damage your AC if you don’t remember to remove the covering before you run it again. Your AC was designed 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, you’ll want to call Hammack Service Company before you turn it back on. Another danger to your AC in severe weather is falling (or flying) objects. This is a little difficult to prevent, but keeping loose outdoor items restrained 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, Hammack Service Company can examine it and perform an AC repair if it’s needed. In addition to storms, summer is known for its scorching heat. Just like it was made to tolerate 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 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 roughly 78 degrees Fahrenheit on really 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 Hammack Service Company. We can be available at 972-669-9192 or through our handy online scheduler.