When summer hits its peak, your air conditioning may work extra hard 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 dangerous weather. Stormy conditions, and even days with high heat and humidity, can impact your air conditioner’s performance, efficiency and the length of its working life. Learn about the many ways weather can affect your air conditioner and how to protect it.
Various weather conditions affect how well your air conditioning unit works. On especially hot days, the AC must work harder to achieve the set temperature. The increased workload can lead to an overburdened system, causing a breakdown.
Extreme humidity also poses a problem. Even though air conditioners are supposed to dehumidify the air as they cool it, excessive humidity can put stress on the system. This might result in reduced performance and a home that your AC isn’t able to cool as well.
Heat waves force your air conditioner to run much more than usual, leading to a spike in energy bills. If the system is not designed or put in correctly, it may be unable 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 AC when the outdoor unit is covered in ice can damage the compressor, limiting efficiency and possibly wrecking your cooling system.
Significant rain, wind, hail or snow can harm a home’s 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 lifetime of your air conditioning.
The outdoor AC unit is vulnerable to dangerous weather, but you can take steps to protect it. Here’s how to save your air conditioner from damaging incoming weather:
In the aftermath of very bad 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 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 AC performs safely and efficiently. Our professionals 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—phone a Service Experts office near you for more information or to schedule a visit today.
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