When summer reaches its peak, your air conditioner may work double-time to keep your the U.S. home cool and comfortable. While plenty of summer days are warm and beautiful, you may be no stranger to severe weather. Stormy conditions, and even days with high heat and humidity, can affect your air conditioner’s performance, efficiency and longevity. Explore the many ways weather can affect your air conditioner and how to protect it.
Various weather conditions affect how well your air conditioning unit performs. On particularly hot days, the AC must work harder to maintain the set temperature. The increased workload might lead to an overburdened system, causing a breakdown.
High humidity also poses a challenge. While air conditioners are designed to dehumidify the air as they cool it, excessive humidity can strain the system. This might result in decreased performance and a less comfortable home.
Heat waves force your air conditioner to run constantly, leading to a spike in energy bills. If the system is not designed or installed correctly, it may struggle to meet the cooling demand under these conditions.
Conversely, the condensing unit is at risk if operated in subfreezing conditions. Attempting to run the air conditioner when the outdoor unit is covered in ice could damage the compressor, reducing efficiency and possibly ruining your cooling system.
Heavy rain, wind, hail or snow can damage the outdoor AC unit. Debris from storms can block airflow, reduce system efficiency or dent the metal. If water floods the system, corrosion or short-circuiting could occur, shortening the life of your unit.
The outdoor AC unit is vulnerable to severe weather, but you can take precautions to safeguard it. Here’s how to shield your air conditioner from harsh incoming weather:
In the aftermath of severe 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 crucial 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 conditioner 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 affect your indoor comfort—contact a Service Experts office near you for more information or to schedule a visit today.
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