While your air conditioner was designed to withstand all of the crazy weather in Manassas, occasionally severe weather can result in an AC repair. For instance, bad weather oftentimes corresponds with power surges. Because 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 offer maximum protection during stormy weather.
A lot of people have concerns about too much water getting on their air conditioner and choose to cover it with a tarp or cover. This is not necessary, and could essentially damage your AC if you don’t remember 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 find your unit is in standing water after a storm, be sure to call Woody's Sudden Service Inc before you turn it back on.
Another danger to your AC throughout severe weather is falling (or flying) objects. This is a little difficult to prevent, but keeping loose outdoor items restrained can help reduce your risk. Once the storm passes, make sure to pick up any debris that may have collected around your unit. If debris happens to hit and damage your unit, Woody's Sudden Service Inc can examine 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 a lot of heat from the sun. But, the hotter the sun, the harder your AC has to operate to cool your house. 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 simpler the work is for your AC. Many people are still comfortable with their thermostats set to roughly 78 degrees Fahrenheit on exceptionally hot days. Remember 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 think you are in need of an AC repair, call Woody's Sudden Service Inc. We can be contacted at 703-278-2036.