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 Charlottesville, sometimes severe weather can result in an AC repair. As an example, bad weather oftentimes goes hand-in-hand 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 most appropriate to turn your system off using your thermostat and turn off the circuit breaker to enhance protection during severe storms. Many people are concerned about too much water getting on their air conditioner and elect to cover it with a tarp or cover. This is not necessary, and could essentially damage your AC if you forget to remove the covering before you run it again. Your AC was designed to handle rain and snow, so hold onto your money and avert a potential AC repair by not covering your unit. However, if you see that your unit is in standing water after a storm, be sure to call Beck Cohen before you turn it back on. Another threat to your AC during 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 remove any debris that may have collected around your unit. If debris happens to hit and damage your unit, Beck Cohen can check 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 run to cool your home. You can help monitor some wear and tear by keeping your home’s temperature setting a little 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 roughly 78 degrees Fahrenheit on exceptionally hot days. Remember 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 Beck Cohen. We can be reached at 434-296-0129 or through our useful online scheduler.