While your air conditioner was built to bear all of the crazy weather in McHenry, sometimes severe weather can lead to an AC repair. For example, bad weather oftentimes goes hand-in-hand with power surges. Because your AC is electronic, and power surges and electronics are not compatible, you’ll want to take steps to protect your AC. It’s best to turn your system off using your thermostat and turn off the circuit breaker to offer maximum protection during a storm.
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 made to handle rain and snow, so keep your money and prevent 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 Jett's Heating & Air Inc. before you turn it back on.
Another threat to your AC throughout severe weather is falling (or flying) objects. This is a little difficult to prevent, but keeping loose outdoor items secured can help minimize your risk. Once the storm passes, make sure to remove any debris that may have gathered around your unit. If debris did hit and damage your unit, Jett's Heating & Air Inc. can examine 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 endure 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 indoor space. 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 simpler the work is for your AC. Many people are still comfortable with their thermostats set to around 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 impact of severe weather on your air conditioner, or believe you are in need of an AC repair, call Jett's Heating & Air Inc.. We can be contacted at 815-410-1128.