While your air conditioner was designed to endure all of the crazy weather in Buellton, there are times that severe weather can result in an AC repair. For example, bad weather oftentimes corresponds 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 ideal to turn your system off using your thermostat and turn off the circuit breaker to enhance 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 essentially damage your AC if you don’t remember to remove the covering before operating it again. Your AC was designed to handle rain and snow, so hold onto your money and avoid a potential AC repair by not covering your unit. However, if you find your unit is in standing water after a storm, you’ll want to call Allstar Heating & Air Conditioning before you turn it back on.
Another hazard to your AC throughout severe weather is falling (or flying) objects. This is a little harder to prevent, but keeping loose outdoor items secured can help lower your risk. Once the storm passes, make sure to pick up any debris that may have collected around your unit. If debris did hit and damage your unit, Allstar Heating & Air Conditioning 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 lots of heat from the sun. But, the hotter the sun, the harder your AC has to operate to cool your house. 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 around 78 degrees Fahrenheit on exceptionally 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 Allstar Heating & Air Conditioning. We can be reached at 805-242-9638.