While your air conditioner was built to endure all of the crazy weather in Omaha, occasionally severe weather can lead to an AC repair. For example, bad weather oftentimes goes hand-in-hand with power surges. And since your AC is electronic, and power surges and electronics are not compatible, you’ll want to make an effort 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 have concerns about too much water getting on their air conditioner and elect to cover it with a tarp or cover. This is not necessary, and could potentially damage your AC if you forget to remove the covering before running it again. Your AC was built to handle rain and snow, so keep your money and avert a potential AC repair by not covering your unit. However, if you notice your unit is in standing water after a storm, be sure to call Interstate Heating & Air Conditioning before you turn it back on.
Another threat to your AC during severe weather is falling (or flying) objects. This is a little hard to prevent, but keeping loose outdoor items contained can help minimize your risk. Once the storm passes, make sure to pick up any debris that may have collected around your unit. If debris happens to hit and damage your unit, Interstate Heating & Air Conditioning 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 tolerate 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 run 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 easier the work is for your AC. Many people are still comfortable with their thermostats set to about 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 Interstate Heating & Air Conditioning. We can be available at 402-509-5940.