When summer reaches its peak, your AC may work extra hard to keep your the U.S. home cool and comfortable. While many summer days are warm and beautiful, you may be no stranger to dangerous weather. Stormy conditions, and even days with significant heat and humidity, can impact your air conditioner’s performance, efficiency and the length of its working life. Explore the many ways weather can have an impact on your air conditioner and how to protect it.
Various weather conditions may change how well your air conditioning unit works. On very hot days, the AC has to work harder to achieve the set temperature. The increased workload can lead to an overworked system, causing a breakdown.
Extreme humidity also creates a problem. Although air conditioners are designed to dehumidify the air as they cool it, excessive humidity can strain the system. This might result in decreased performance and a home that your AC isn’t able to cool as well.
Heat waves force your air conditioner to run constantly, resulting in a spike in energy bills. If your AC system is not designed or put in properly, it may be unable to meet the cooling demand under these conditions.
Alternatively, the condensing unit is vulnerable if operated in subfreezing conditions. Attempting to use the air conditioner when the outdoor unit is covered in ice could damage the compressor, decreasing efficiency and possibly causing a total breakdown of your cooling system.
Significant rain, wind, hail or snow can inflict damage on a home’s outdoor AC unit. Debris from storms can block airflow, reduce system efficiency or hammer away at the metal. When water floods the system, corrosion or short-circuiting could occur, shortening the life span of your system.
The outdoor AC unit is vulnerable to dangerous weather, but you can take precautions to secure it. Here’s how to save your air conditioner from harsh incoming weather:
In the aftermath of very bad weather, follow these steps to make sure your air conditioner is able to continue to run safety:
No one wants to feel the impact of severe weather, but it’s essential to be prepared and understand how to recover. At Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning, we offer post-storm inspections and repairs to ensure your AC works safely and efficiently. Our team can handle all your AC service needs in the U.S., including maintenance, repair and replacement. Don’t let severe weather affect your home’s comfort—phone a Service Experts office near you for more information or to schedule a visit today.
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