When summer reaches its peak, your air conditioner may work extremely hard to keep your the U.S. home cool and comfortable. While plenty of summer days are warm and beautiful, most people are no stranger to severe weather. Stormy conditions, and even days with extreme heat and humidity, can hinder your air conditioner’s performance, efficiency and longevity. Learn about the many ways weather can affect your air conditioning and how to protect it.
Several different weather conditions affect how well your air conditioning unit performs. On very hot days, the AC is forced to work harder to achieve the set temperature. The increased workload might lead to an overworked system, causing a breakdown.
Extreme humidity also poses a problem. Even though air conditioners are designed 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 continuously, resulting in a spike in energy bills. If the system is not designed or set up in the correct way, it may not be able to meet the cooling demand under these conditions.
Conversely, the condensing unit is at risk if it functions in subfreezing conditions. Attempting to operate the AC when the outdoor unit is covered in ice can damage the compressor, reducing efficiency and possibly causing a total breakdown of your cooling system.
Heavy rain, wind, hail or snow can harm your outdoor AC unit. Debris from storms can obstruct airflow, decrease system efficiency or hammer away at the metal. If water floods the system, corrosion or short-circuiting could occur, shortening the life of your system.
The outdoor AC unit is susceptible to dangerous weather, but you can take steps to take care of it. Here’s how to shield your air conditioner from severe incoming weather:
In the aftermath of severe weather, follow these steps to ensure your air conditioner is able to continue to function safety:
No one wants to be impacted by severe weather, but it’s essential to be prepared and understand how to recover. At Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning, we offer post-storm inspections and repairs to ensure your air conditioner runs 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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