While your air conditioner was engineered to endure all of the crazy weather in Odessa, occasionally severe weather can lead to an AC repair. For example, bad weather oftentimes goes hand-in-hand with power surges. Since your AC is electronic, and power surges and electronics are not compatible, you’ll want to take steps to protect your AC. It’s most appropriate to turn your system off using your thermostat and turn off the circuit breaker to enhance protection during severe storms.
Some people have concerns 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 neglect to remove the covering before you run it again. Your AC was made to handle rain and snow, so save your money and avoid 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 Redhawk Heating & Air Conditioning before you turn it back on.
Another danger to your AC during severe weather is falling (or flying) objects. This is a little harder 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 does hit and damage your unit, Redhawk Heating & Air Conditioning can check it and perform an AC repair if it’s needed.
In addition to storms, summer is known for its blazing heat. Just like it was made to tolerate 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 simpler the work is for your AC. Many people are still comfortable with their thermostats set to around 78 degrees Fahrenheit on exceptionally hot days. Note 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 Redhawk Heating & Air Conditioning. We can be available at 432-237-0168.