How Severe Weather Can Lead to an AC Repair 08/11/2017While your air conditioner was built to endure all of the crazy weather in Midlothian, occasionally severe weather can result in an AC repair. As an example, bad weather oftentimes corresponds with power surges. And since your AC is electronic, and power surges and electronics are not compatible, you’ll want to try to protect your AC. It’s ideal to turn your system off using your thermostat and turn off the circuit breaker to increase protection during severe storms. A lot of people worry about too much water getting on their air conditioner and choose to cover it with a tarp or cover. This is not necessary, and could essentially damage your AC if you don’t remember to remove the covering before you run it again. Your AC was designed to handle rain and snow, so hold onto your money and avoid a potential AC repair by not covering your unit. However, if you see that your unit is in standing water after a storm, make sure to call Daniel's Heating & Refrigeration Corp. before you turn it back on. Another danger to your AC during severe weather is falling (or flying) objects. This is a little difficult to prevent, but keeping loose outdoor items secured can help lower your risk. Once the storm passes, make sure to clean up any debris that may have gathered around your unit. If debris did hit and damage your unit, Daniel's Heating & Refrigeration Corp. can examine it and perform an AC repair if it’s needed. In addition to storms, summer is known for its scorching heat. Just like it was made to tolerate 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 control 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 less strenuous the work is for your AC. Many people are still comfortable with their thermostats set to around 78 degrees Fahrenheit on exceptionally 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 wonder if you are in need of an AC repair, call Daniel's Heating & Refrigeration Corp.. We can be available at 804-379-1155 or through our useful online scheduler.