When summer gets to its peak, your air conditioning may work extra hard to keep your the U.S. home cool and comfortable. While many summer days are warm and beautiful, most people are no stranger to extreme weather. Stormy conditions, and even days with significant heat and humidity, can affect your air conditioner’s performance, efficiency and longevity. Explore the many ways weather can affect your AC and how to protect it.
A variety of weather conditions may change how well your air conditioning unit works. On very hot days, the AC is forced to work harder to achieve the set temperature. The larger workload can lead to an overloaded system, causing a breakdown.
Excessive humidity also presents a potentially tricky situation. While air conditioners are designed to dehumidify the air as they cool it, excessive humidity can strain the system. This can result in reduced 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 the system is not designed or installed properly, it may be unable to meet the cooling demand under these conditions.
In contrast, the condensing unit is at risk if it functions in subfreezing conditions. Attempting to operate the air conditioner when the outdoor unit is covered in ice can damage the compressor, reducing efficiency and possibly causing a total breakdown of your cooling system.
Heavy rain, wind, hail or snow can damage a home’s outdoor AC unit. Debris from storms can obstruct airflow, reduce system efficiency or damage the metal. If water floods the system, corrosion or short-circuiting could occur, shortening the life of your unit.
The outdoor AC unit is vulnerable to severe weather, but you can take preventive measures to secure it. Here’s how to save your air conditioner from harsh incoming weather:
In the aftermath of extreme weather, follow these steps to ensure your air conditioner is able to continue to run safety:
No one wants to deal with severe weather, but it’s crucial to be prepared and know how to recover. At Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning, we offer post-storm inspections and repairs to ensure your AC runs 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 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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