How Severe Weather Can Lead to an AC Repair 08/11/2017While your air conditioner was engineered to endure all of the crazy weather in Erie, occasionally severe weather can result in an AC repair. For instance, bad weather oftentimes coincides with power surges. Since your AC is electronic, and power surges and electronics are not compatible, you’ll want to try to protect your AC. It’s best to turn your system off using your thermostat and turn off the circuit breaker to enhance protection during severe storms. Many 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 potentially damage your AC if you don’t remember to remove the covering before you run it again. Your AC was built to handle rain and snow, so save your money and avert 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 Patterson & Stirling Inc before you turn it back on. Another threat to your AC throughout 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 accumulated around your unit. If debris did hit and damage your unit, Patterson & Stirling Inc can check it and perform an AC repair if it’s needed. In addition to storms, summer is known for its scorching heat. Just like it was made to endure water, your AC was made to handle a lot of heat from the sun. But, the hotter the sun, the harder your AC has to work to cool your house. 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 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 impact 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 814-833-5558 or through our handy online scheduler.