While your air conditioner was designed to bear all of the crazy weather in Erie, sometimes severe weather can lead to an AC repair. As an example, bad weather oftentimes coincides with power surges. Because 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 are concerned about too much water getting on their air conditioner and choose to cover it with a tarp or cover. This is unnecessary, and could actually damage your AC if you forget 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 see that your unit is in standing water after a storm, make sure to call Patterson & Stirling Inc before you turn it back on.
Another danger 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 reduce your risk. Once the storm passes, make sure to clean up any debris that may have collected around your unit. If debris did hit and damage your unit, Patterson & Stirling Inc can examine 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 lots of heat from the sun. But, the hotter the sun, the harder your AC has to run to cool your house. You can help prevent 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 about 78 degrees Fahrenheit on exceptionally hot days. Note 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 think you are in need of an AC repair, call Patterson & Stirling Inc. We can be contacted at 814-308-0416.