When summer reaches its peak, your AC 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 severe weather. Stormy conditions, and even days with high heat and humidity, can impact your air conditioner’s performance, efficiency and life span. Learn about the many ways weather can have an impact on your air conditioning and how to protect it.
A variety of weather conditions affect how well your air conditioning unit functions. On particularly hot days, the AC has to work harder to maintain the set temperature. The larger workload can lead to an overworked system, causing a breakdown.
Excessive humidity also poses a problem. While air conditioners are made to dehumidify the air as they cool it, excessive humidity can put extra pressure on the system. This might result in decreased performance and a home that your AC isn’t able to cool as well.
Periods of very hot weather force your air conditioner to run continuously, resulting in a spike in energy bills. If your AC system is not designed or installed properly, it may struggle to meet the cooling demand under these conditions.
In contrast, the condensing unit is vulnerable if it functions in subfreezing conditions. Attempting to operate the air conditioning when the outdoor unit is covered in ice could damage the compressor, limiting efficiency and possibly ruining your cooling system.
Heavy rain, wind, hail or snow can damage your outdoor AC unit. Debris from storms can block airflow, cut down on system efficiency or dent the metal. If water floods the system, corrosion or short-circuiting may occur, shortening the life span of your system.
The outdoor AC unit is vulnerable to extreme weather, but you can take preventive measures to protect it. Here’s how to shield your air conditioner from severe 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 AC runs 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 affect your indoor comfort—reach out to a Service Experts office near you for more information or to schedule a visit today.
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