How Severe Weather Can Lead to an AC Repair 08/11/2017While your air conditioner was built to bear all of the crazy weather in Hudsonville, there are times that severe weather can result in an AC repair. As an 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 try to protect your AC. It’s ideal to turn your system off using your thermostat and turn off the circuit breaker to increase protection during severe storms. A lot of people worry about too much water getting on their air conditioner and elect to cover it with a tarp or cover. This is not necessary, and could actually damage your AC if you neglect to remove the covering before running it again. Your AC was made to handle rain and snow, so hold onto your money and avoid a potential AC repair by not covering your unit. However, if you find your unit is in standing water after a storm, make sure to call West Michigan Heating & Air Conditioning Services before you turn it back on. Another threat to your AC in severe weather is falling (or flying) objects. This is a little hard to prevent, but keeping loose outdoor items secured can help minimize your risk. Once the storm passes, make sure to remove any debris that may have accumulated around your unit. If debris did hit and damage your unit, West Michigan Heating & Air Conditioning Services 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 large amounts of heat from the sun. But, the hotter the sun, the harder your AC has to operate to cool your home. 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 less strenuous the work is for your AC. Many people are still comfortable with their thermostats set to roughly 78 degrees Fahrenheit on really 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 West Michigan Heating & Air Conditioning Services. We can be reached at 616-669-3961 or through our useful online scheduler.