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Snowstorms and Air Conditioners

March 17, 2016

We haven’t completely gotten through winter in Plainfield just yet. Mother Nature has provided us with a few nice days, but she’s always ready to remind us that she’s in charge. So when she does finally let up and it starts to warm up, read below so you won’t want to have to unexpectedly call a professional out for air conditioner service.

Heavy snowfall could bury your air conditioner in the snow, hurting its performance when the temperatures start to warm up for the season. Not to mention it can keep a high-efficiency system from running as such. The situation could become an even larger problem too if you don’t plan for it with an annual air conditioner service appointment.

There are steps you can take as a homeowner to help your air conditioner operate correctly even though snow has fallen or could fall in the approaching days and weeks.

  1. Ensure you have a 3-foot/1-meter clearance around your air conditioner. Check the area routinely to be sure that it stays clear and that there are no snow drifts or piles of debris that might have built up through the winter.
  2. Contrary to what you may think, placing a cover over your air conditioner may end up doing more damage than you’d expect. A covered air conditioner may be inviting for rodents looking for shelter from the weather and start to call it home, causing damage to the system as they roam about.

While the weather in Plainfield will more than likely go up and down over the last few days of colder temperatures, you can’t count out the probability of weather that can impact the performance of your air conditioner. At PWA Heating & Cooling Inc in Plainfield, we are always available to take a look at any areas around your home or answer any of your questions, whether they’re in regards to air conditioner service or purchasing a new system. Keeping you and your family safe and comfortable is our top priority. Give us a call at 815-410-1231 to receive more information.