While your air conditioner was built to withstand all of the crazy weather in San Jose, 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 ideal to turn your system off using your thermostat and turn off the circuit breaker to enhance protection during severe storms.
A lot of people worry about too much water getting on their air conditioner and elect to cover it with a tarp or cover. This is unnecessary, and could essentially damage your AC if you neglect to remove the covering before you run it again. Your AC was designed to handle rain and snow, so hold onto your money and prevent a potential AC repair by not covering your unit. However, if you find your unit is in standing water after a storm, be sure to call American HVAC Inc 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 remove any debris that may have gathered around your unit. If debris does hit and damage your unit, American HVAC Inc 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 large amounts of heat from the sun. But, the hotter the sun, the harder your AC has to work to cool your indoor space. You can help monitor 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 less strenuous the work is for your AC. Many people are still comfortable with their thermostats set to roughly 78 degrees Fahrenheit on really hot days. Remember that the older your AC is, the more it may struggle in hotter weather.
If you have any questions about the threat of severe weather on your air conditioner, or believe you are in need of an AC repair, call American HVAC Inc. We can be available at 408-215-1018.