While your air conditioner was engineered to bear all of the crazy weather in Shreveport, occasionally severe weather can result in an AC repair. For example, bad weather oftentimes corresponds with power surges. Since your AC is electronic, and power surges and electronics are not compatible, you’ll want to take steps to protect your AC. It’s most appropriate to turn your system off using your thermostat and turn off the circuit breaker to increase protection during a storm.
Many people worry about too much water getting on their air conditioner and decide to cover it with a tarp or cover. This does not help, and could potentially damage your AC if you forget to remove the covering before running it again. Your AC was built to handle rain and snow, so keep your money and avert a potential AC repair by not covering your unit. However, if you see that your unit is in standing water after a storm, you’ll want to call Moon's Air before you turn it back on.
Another danger 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 reduce your risk. Once the storm passes, make sure to clean up any debris that may have gathered around your unit. If debris does hit and damage your unit, Moon's Air can check it and perform an AC repair if it’s needed.
In addition to storms, summer is known for its blazing heat. Just like it was made to withstand water, your AC was made to handle lots 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 prevent some wear and tear by keeping your home’s temperature setting a little bit higher on these days. The closer your indoor temperature is to the outdoor temperature, the easier the work is for your AC. Many people are still comfortable with their thermostats set to about 78 degrees Fahrenheit on extremely hot days. Remember that the older your AC is, the more it may struggle in hotter weather.
If you have any questions about the impact of severe weather on your air conditioner, or believe you are in need of an AC repair, call Moon's Air. We can be available at 318-215-7938.