How Severe Weather Can Lead to an AC Repair

August 11, 2017

While your air conditioner was built to endure all of the crazy weather in Keokuk, sometimes severe weather can lead to an AC repair. For example, bad weather oftentimes coincides with power surges. 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 enhance protection during a storm.

Some 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 neglect to remove the covering before you run it again. Your AC was made to handle rain and snow, so hold onto 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, you’ll want to call WM J Kraus & Son before you turn it back on.

Another hazard to your AC in 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 pick up any debris that may have collected around your unit. If debris happens to hit and damage your unit, WM J Kraus & Son can check 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 operate to cool your home. You can help control some wear and tear by keeping your home’s temperature setting a little bit 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 exceptionally 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 WM J Kraus & Son. We can be contacted at 319-229-2318.