When summer reaches its peak, your air conditioner may work double-time to keep your the U.S. home cool and comfortable. While a lot of summer days are warm and beautiful, most areas of the country are no stranger to dangerous weather. Stormy conditions, and even days with high heat and humidity, can impact your air conditioner’s performance, efficiency and longevity. Learn about the many ways weather can affect your air conditioner and how to protect it.
Several different weather conditions can alter how well your air conditioning unit performs. On very hot days, the AC has to work harder to maintain the set temperature. The increased workload might lead to an overloaded system, causing a breakdown.
Extreme humidity also creates a problem. Although air conditioners are designed to dehumidify the air as they cool it, excessive humidity can put extra pressure on the system. This can result in reduced performance and a less comfortable home.
Periods of very hot weather force your air conditioner to run constantly, causing a spike in energy bills. If the system is not designed or set up properly, it may not be able to meet the cooling demand under these conditions.
Conversely, the condensing unit is in jeopardy if it functions in subfreezing conditions. Attempting to operate the air conditioner when the outdoor unit is covered in ice can damage the compressor, decreasing efficiency and possibly wrecking your cooling system.
Heavy rain, wind, hail or snow can inflict damage on a home’s outdoor AC unit. Debris from storms can obstruct airflow, reduce system efficiency or dent the metal. Should water flood the system, corrosion or short-circuiting might occur, shortening the lifetime of your unit.
The outdoor AC unit is vulnerable to severe weather, but you can take steps to secure it. Here’s how to shield your air conditioner from damaging incoming weather:
In the aftermath of extreme weather, follow these steps to ensure your air conditioner is able to continue to operate safety:
No one wants to deal with severe weather, but it’s essential to be prepared and know how to recover. At Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning, we offer post-storm inspections and repairs to ensure your air conditioning 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 impact your indoor comfort—contact a Service Experts office near you for more information or to schedule a visit today.
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