How Severe Weather Can Lead to an AC Repair 08/11/2017While your air conditioner was designed to endure all of the crazy weather in Keokuk, occasionally severe weather can lead to an AC repair. For instance, 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 try to protect your AC. It’s best to turn your system off using your thermostat and turn off the circuit breaker to enhance protection during severe storms. Some people are concerned about too much water getting on their air conditioner and decide to cover it with a tarp or cover. This is unnecessary, and could actually damage your AC if you forget to remove the covering before operating it again. Your AC was made to handle rain and snow, so keep 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 WM J Kraus & Son before you turn it back on. Another hazard to your AC during severe weather is falling (or flying) objects. This is a little harder to prevent, but keeping loose outdoor items restrained can help minimize your risk. Once the storm passes, make sure to pick up any debris that may have gathered around your unit. If debris does hit and damage your unit, WM J Kraus & Son can inspect it and perform an AC repair if it’s needed. In addition to storms, summer is known for its scorching 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 indoor space. You can help prevent 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 roughly 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 impact of severe weather on your air conditioner, or wonder if you are in need of an AC repair, call WM J Kraus & Son. We can be reached at 319-524-3714 or through our convenient online scheduler.