When summer hits its peak, your air conditioner may work double-time 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 extreme heat and humidity, can hinder your air conditioner’s performance, efficiency and the length of its working life. Discover the many ways weather can have an impact on your AC and how to protect it.
A variety of weather conditions can alter how well your air conditioning unit works. On very hot days, the AC has to work harder to achieve the set temperature. The increased workload can lead to an overworked system, causing a breakdown.
High humidity also presents a potentially tricky situation. While air conditioners are supposed to dehumidify the air as they cool it, excessive humidity can strain the system. This might result in diminished performance and a less comfortable home.
Periods of very hot weather force your air conditioner to run much more than usual, causing a spike in energy bills. If a home’s HVAC system is not designed or set up properly, it may not be able to meet the cooling demand under these conditions.
Alternatively, the condensing unit is at risk if used in subfreezing conditions. Attempting to run the air conditioning when the outdoor unit is covered in ice can damage the compressor, decreasing efficiency and possibly ruining your cooling system.
Heavy rain, wind, hail or snow can inflict damage on your outdoor AC unit. Debris from storms can obstruct airflow, reduce system efficiency or damage the metal. When water floods the system, corrosion or short-circuiting might occur, shortening the lifetime of your unit.
The outdoor AC unit is sensitive to extreme weather, but you can take precautions to protect it. Here’s how to protect your air conditioner from damaging incoming weather:
In the aftermath of very bad weather, follow these steps to ensure your air conditioner is able to continue to run safety:
No one wants to be impacted by severe weather, but it’s critical to be prepared and understand how to recover. At Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning, we offer post-storm inspections and repairs to ensure your HVAC system operates safely and efficiently. Our team can handle all your AC service needs in the U.S., including maintenance, repair and replacement. Don’t let severe weather affect your family’s comfort—contact a Service Experts office near you for more information or to schedule a visit today.
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