While your air conditioner was engineered to bear all of the crazy weather in Delray Beach, occasionally severe weather can lead to an AC repair. For instance, bad weather oftentimes coincides 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 increase protection during stormy weather.
A lot of people worry 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 essentially damage your AC if you neglect to remove the covering before running it again. Your AC was built to handle rain and snow, so save 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 Kilbourne Heating & AC before you turn it back on.
Another hazard to your AC during severe weather is falling (or flying) objects. This is a little hard to prevent, but keeping loose outdoor items restrained can help lower your risk. Once the storm passes, make sure to clean up any debris that may have accumulated around your unit. If debris does hit and damage your unit, Kilbourne Heating & AC can check 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 tolerate 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 control some wear and tear by keeping your home’s temperature setting a little warmer 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 roughly 78 degrees Fahrenheit on extremely 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 wonder if you are in need of an AC repair, call Kilbourne Heating & AC. We can be available at 561-287-7071.