While your air conditioner was engineered to endure all of the crazy weather in Los Angeles, occasionally severe weather can lead to an AC repair. For instance, bad weather oftentimes corresponds with power surges. And since 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 stormy weather.
Some people are concerned about too much water getting on their air conditioner and choose 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 running it again. Your AC was made to handle rain and snow, so hold onto your money and avoid 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 AZ Air Conditioning and Heating before you turn it back on.
Another danger to your AC throughout severe weather is falling (or flying) objects. This is a little difficult to prevent, but keeping loose outdoor items restrained can help minimize your risk. Once the storm passes, make sure to clean up any debris that may have collected around your unit. If debris happens to hit and damage your unit, AZ Air Conditioning and Heating can inspect 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 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 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 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 threat of severe weather on your air conditioner, or wonder if you are in need of an AC repair, call AZ Air Conditioning and Heating. We can be reached at 800-296-5088.