How Severe Weather Can Lead to an AC Repair 08/11/2017While your air conditioner was built to withstand all of the crazy weather in Pinellas County, occasionally severe weather can lead to an AC repair. As an example, 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 most appropriate to turn your system off using your thermostat and turn off the circuit breaker to offer maximum protection during a storm. Some people worry about too much water getting on their air conditioner and decide to cover it with a tarp or cover. This is unnecessary, and could essentially 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 save your money and prevent a potential AC repair by not covering your unit. However, if you notice your unit is in standing water after a storm, you’ll want to call Hale's Air Conditioning Services Inc before you turn it back on. Another danger to your AC throughout severe weather is falling (or flying) objects. This is a little hard to prevent, but keeping loose outdoor items secured can help reduce 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, Hale's Air Conditioning Services Inc can check 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 work 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 roughly 78 degrees Fahrenheit on extremely 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 believe you are in need of an AC repair, call Hale's Air Conditioning Services Inc. We can be available at 727-398-5515 or through our useful online scheduler.