How Severe Weather Can Lead to an AC Repair 08/11/2017While your air conditioner was engineered to endure all of the crazy weather in Metro Atlanta, occasionally severe weather can lead to an AC repair. For instance, 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 ideal to turn your system off using your thermostat and turn off the circuit breaker to offer maximum protection during a storm. Some 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 neglect to remove the covering before running it again. Your AC was made to handle rain and snow, so hold onto your money and prevent a potential AC repair by not covering your unit. However, if you notice your unit is in standing water after a storm, you’ll want to call ACS Inc before you turn it back on. Another threat to your AC throughout severe weather is falling (or flying) objects. This is a little harder to prevent, but keeping loose outdoor items secured can help lower your risk. Once the storm passes, make sure to clean up any debris that may have collected around your unit. If debris did hit and damage your unit, ACS Inc can examine 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 large amounts of heat from the sun. But, the hotter the sun, the harder your AC has to work to cool your home. You can help prevent some wear and tear by keeping your home’s temperature setting a little 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 really hot days. Note that the older your AC is, the more it may struggle in hotter weather. If you have any questions about the effects of severe weather on your air conditioner, or think you are in need of an AC repair, call ACS Inc. We can be available at 770-939-7500 or through our handy online scheduler.