When summer hits its peak, your air conditioner may work extremely 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 dangerous weather. Stormy conditions, and even days with extreme heat and humidity, can hinder your air conditioner’s performance, efficiency and life span. Explore the many ways weather can influence your air conditioning and how to protect it.
A variety of weather conditions can alter how well your air conditioning unit works. On particularly hot days, the AC must work harder to maintain the set temperature. The larger workload can lead to an overburdened system, causing a breakdown.
Extreme humidity also presents a challenge. Although air conditioners are made to dehumidify the air as they cool it, excessive humidity can put stress on the system. This may result in reduced performance and a less comfortable home.
Prolonged high temperatures force your air conditioner to run constantly, resulting in a spike in energy bills. If a home’s HVAC system is not designed or set up correctly, it may struggle to meet the cooling demand under these conditions.
In contrast, the condensing unit is vulnerable if used in subfreezing conditions. Attempting to operate the air conditioning when the outdoor unit is covered in ice could damage the compressor, reducing efficiency and possibly ruining your cooling system.
Significant rain, wind, hail or snow can harm your outdoor AC unit. Debris from storms can block airflow, cut down on system efficiency or damage the metal. If water floods the system, corrosion or short-circuiting could occur, shortening the lifetime of your air conditioning.
The outdoor AC unit is sensitive to dangerous weather, but you can take steps to take care of it. Here’s how to save your air conditioner from damaging incoming weather:
In the aftermath of severe weather, follow these steps to ensure your air conditioner is able to continue to function safety:
No one wants to be impacted by 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 air conditioning system performs safely and efficiently. Our team can handle all your AC service needs in the U.S., including maintenance, repair and replacement. Don’t let severe weather alter your family’s comfort—contact a Service Experts office near you for more information or to schedule a visit today.
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