When summer reaches its peak, your AC may work double-time to keep your the U.S. home cool and comfortable. While a lot of summer days are warm and beautiful, you may be no stranger to extreme weather. Stormy conditions, and even days with significant heat and humidity, can impact your air conditioner’s performance, efficiency and life span. Discover the many ways weather can influence your AC and how to protect it.
Various weather conditions affect how well your air conditioning unit performs. On particularly hot days, the AC is forced to work harder to maintain the set temperature. The increased workload could lead to an overloaded system, causing a breakdown.
Excessive humidity also creates a problem. Even though air conditioners are supposed to dehumidify the air as they cool it, excessive humidity can strain the system. This might result in diminished performance and a home that isn’t as comfortable.
Heat waves force your air conditioner to run constantly, resulting in a spike in energy bills. If the system is not designed or set up in the correct way, it may not be able to meet the cooling demand under these conditions.
Conversely, the condensing unit is in jeopardy if used in subfreezing conditions. Attempting to operate the AC when the outdoor unit is covered in ice can damage the compressor, reducing efficiency and possibly causing a total breakdown of your cooling system.
Significant rain, wind, hail or snow can harm your outdoor AC unit. Debris from storms can block airflow, decrease system efficiency or dent the metal. If water floods the system, corrosion or short-circuiting could occur, shortening the life span of your unit.
The outdoor AC unit is susceptible to dangerous weather, but you can take preventive measures to secure it. Here’s how to protect your air conditioner from severe incoming weather:
In the aftermath of very bad weather, follow these steps to ensure your air conditioner is able to continue to function safety:
No one wants to be impacted by severe weather, but it’s essential to be prepared and know how to recover. At Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning, we offer post-storm inspections and repairs to ensure your air conditioner performs safely and efficiently. Our staff can handle all your AC service needs in the U.S., including maintenance, repair and replacement. Don’t let severe weather influence your indoor comfort—reach out to a Service Experts office near you for more information or to schedule a visit today.
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