When summer hits its peak, your AC may work double-time to keep your the U.S. home cool and comfortable. While plenty of summer days are warm and beautiful, most areas of the country are no stranger to severe weather. Stormy conditions, and even days with significant heat and humidity, can impact your air conditioner’s performance, efficiency and longevity. Discover the many ways weather can have an impact on your air conditioner and how to protect it.
A variety of weather conditions can alter how well your air conditioning unit performs. On particularly hot days, the AC has to work harder to attain and hold the set temperature. The additional workload might lead to an overloaded system, causing a breakdown.
Extreme humidity also presents a problem. Although air conditioners are designed to dehumidify the air as they cool it, excessive humidity can strain the system. This might result in reduced performance and a less comfortable home.
Prolonged high temperatures force your air conditioner to run much more than usual, leading to a spike in energy bills. If your AC system is not designed or installed correctly, it may struggle to meet the cooling demand under these conditions.
In contrast, the condensing unit is in jeopardy if used in subfreezing conditions. Attempting to operate the AC when the outdoor unit is covered in ice might damage the compressor, limiting efficiency and possibly ruining your cooling system.
Heavy rain, wind, hail or snow can damage your outdoor AC unit. Debris from storms can obstruct airflow, cut down on system efficiency or dent the metal. Should water flood the system, corrosion or short-circuiting may occur, shortening the life of your unit.
The outdoor AC unit is sensitive to dangerous weather, but you can take measures to safeguard it. Here’s how to protect your air conditioner from damaging incoming weather:
In the aftermath of extreme weather, follow these steps to make sure your air conditioner is able to continue to operate safety:
No one wants to feel the impact of severe weather, but it’s crucial to be prepared and recognize how to recover. At Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning, we offer post-storm inspections and repairs to ensure your air conditioning system performs safely and efficiently. Our staff can handle all your AC service needs in the U.S., including maintenance, repair and replacement. Don’t let severe weather alter your family’s comfort—reach out to a Service Experts office near you for more information or to schedule a visit today.
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