While your air conditioner was designed to withstand all of the crazy weather in Bishop, occasionally severe weather can result in an AC repair. As an example, bad weather oftentimes goes hand-in-hand with power surges. Since your AC is electronic, and power surges and electronics are not compatible, you’ll want to try to protect your AC. It’s best to turn your system off using your thermostat and turn off the circuit breaker to offer maximum protection during stormy weather.
A lot of people worry about too much water getting on their air conditioner and decide to cover it with a tarp or cover. This is not necessary, and could potentially damage your AC if you don’t remember to remove the covering before you run it again. Your AC was designed to handle rain and snow, so keep your money and avert a potential AC repair by not covering your unit. However, if you notice your unit is in standing water after a storm, you’ll want to call Bishop Heating & Air Conditioning before you turn it back on.
Another hazard to your AC during severe weather is falling (or flying) objects. This is a little harder to prevent, but keeping loose outdoor items contained can help minimize your risk. Once the storm passes, make sure to remove any debris that may have accumulated around your unit. If debris happens to hit and damage your unit, Bishop Heating & Air Conditioning can inspect it and perform an AC repair if it’s needed.
In addition to storms, summer is known for its sweltering heat. Just like it was made to withstand water, your AC was made to handle large amounts of heat from the sun. But, the hotter the sun, the harder your AC has to work to cool your home. You can help control some wear and tear by keeping your home’s temperature setting a little higher on these days. The closer your indoor temperature is to the outdoor temperature, the less strenuous the work is for your AC. Many people are still comfortable with their thermostats set to around 78 degrees Fahrenheit on really hot days. Note that the older your AC is, the more it may struggle in hotter weather.
If you have any questions about the effects of severe weather on your air conditioner, or think you are in need of an AC repair, call Bishop Heating & Air Conditioning. We can be reached at 760-784-9034.