While your air conditioner was designed to bear all of the crazy weather in Tucson, occasionally severe weather can lead to 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 make an effort to protect your AC. It’s best to turn your system off using your thermostat and turn off the circuit breaker to increase protection during a storm.
Many people are concerned about too much water getting on their air conditioner and elect to cover it with a tarp or cover. This is unnecessary, and could essentially damage your AC if you forget to remove the covering before you run it again. Your AC was built to handle rain and snow, so save 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, make sure to call A&M Heating & Cooling LLC before you turn it back on.
Another threat to your AC throughout severe weather is falling (or flying) objects. This is a little harder to prevent, but keeping loose outdoor items contained can help lower your risk. Once the storm passes, make sure to clean up any debris that may have collected around your unit. If debris does hit and damage your unit, A&M Heating & Cooling LLC can check it and perform an AC repair if it’s needed.
In addition to storms, summer is known for its scorching heat. Just like it was made to tolerate 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 run to cool your indoor space. You can help monitor some wear and tear by keeping your home’s temperature setting a little warmer 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 about 78 degrees Fahrenheit on extremely hot days. Note that the older your AC is, the more it may struggle in hotter weather.
If you have any questions about the threat of severe weather on your air conditioner, or wonder if you are in need of an AC repair, call A&M Heating & Cooling LLC. We can be reached at 520-200-1048.