How Severe Weather Can Lead to an AC Repair 08/11/2017While your air conditioner was designed to bear all of the crazy weather in Plainfield, sometimes severe weather can lead to an AC repair. For example, bad weather oftentimes goes hand-in-hand 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 best to turn your system off using your thermostat and turn off the circuit breaker to offer maximum protection during stormy weather. Many people are concerned about too much water getting on their air conditioner and decide to cover it with a tarp or cover. This does not help, and could essentially damage your AC if you don’t remember to remove the covering before operating it again. Your AC was built to handle rain and snow, so save your money and avoid 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 PWA Heating & Cooling Inc before you turn it back on. Another threat to your AC in severe weather is falling (or flying) objects. This is a little hard to prevent, but keeping loose outdoor items secured can help reduce your risk. Once the storm passes, make sure to remove any debris that may have gathered around your unit. If debris does hit and damage your unit, PWA Heating & Cooling 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 a lot 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 monitor 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 easier the work is for your AC. Many people are still comfortable with their thermostats set to roughly 78 degrees Fahrenheit on really hot days. Remember 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 think you are in need of an AC repair, call PWA Heating & Cooling Inc. We can be contacted at 815-768-6656 or through our handy online scheduler.