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, most areas of the country are no stranger to extreme 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 affect your air conditioner and how to protect it.
A variety of weather conditions can alter how well your air conditioning unit works. On especially hot days, the AC has to work harder to attain and hold the set temperature. The increased workload could lead to an overloaded system, causing a breakdown.
Excessive humidity also poses a challenge. Although air conditioners are supposed to dehumidify the air as they cool it, excessive humidity can put extra pressure on the system. This can result in reduced performance and a less comfortable home.
Heat waves force your air conditioner to run constantly, leading to a spike in energy bills. If your AC system is not designed or put in properly, it may struggle to meet the cooling demand under these conditions.
Conversely, the condensing unit is in danger if operated in subfreezing conditions. Attempting to run the air conditioning when the outdoor unit is covered in ice could damage the compressor, decreasing efficiency and possibly ruining your cooling system.
Substantial rain, wind, hail or snow can inflict damage on your outdoor AC unit. Debris from storms can prevent airflow, reduce system efficiency or damage the metal. Should water flood the system, corrosion or short-circuiting may occur, shortening the life of your unit.
The outdoor AC unit is sensitive to severe weather, but you can take measures to protect it. Here’s how to shield your air conditioner from severe incoming weather:
In the aftermath of extreme weather, follow these steps to make sure your air conditioner is able to continue to function safety:
No one wants to deal with 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 professionals can handle all your AC service needs in the U.S., including maintenance, repair and replacement. Don’t let severe weather impact your home’s comfort—phone a Service Experts office near you for more information or to schedule a visit today.
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