When summer gets to 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 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. Explore the many ways weather can affect your AC and how to protect it.
A variety of weather conditions affect how well your air conditioning unit functions. On very hot days, the AC is forced to work harder to attain and hold the set temperature. The larger workload might lead to an overburdened system, causing a breakdown.
Excessive humidity also presents a problem. Although 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 home that isn’t as comfortable.
Prolonged high temperatures force your air conditioner to run constantly, causing a spike in energy bills. If a home’s HVAC system is not designed or put in properly, it may not be able to meet the cooling demand under these conditions.
Conversely, the condensing unit is in danger if it functions in subfreezing conditions. Attempting to use the AC when the outdoor unit is covered in ice might damage the compressor, decreasing efficiency and possibly causing a total breakdown of your cooling system.
Significant rain, wind, hail or snow can inflict damage on a home’s outdoor AC unit. Debris from storms can block airflow, reduce system efficiency or hammer away at the metal. Should water flood the system, corrosion or short-circuiting could occur, shortening the lifetime of your air conditioning.
The outdoor AC unit is susceptible to severe weather, but you can take steps to protect it. Here’s how to shield your air conditioner from harsh incoming weather:
In the aftermath of extreme weather, follow these steps to be sure your air conditioner is able to continue to run safety:
No one wants to feel the impact of 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 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 impact your indoor comfort—reach out to a Service Experts office near you for more information or to schedule a visit today.
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