How Severe Weather Can Lead to an AC Repair 08/11/2017While your air conditioner was engineered to bear all of the crazy weather in Albuquerque, occasionally severe weather can lead to an AC repair. For example, bad weather oftentimes corresponds with power surges. Because your AC is electronic, and power surges and electronics are not compatible, you’ll want to take steps to protect your AC. It’s most appropriate to turn your system off using your thermostat and turn off the circuit breaker to offer maximum protection during severe storms. Many people have concerns about too much water getting on their air conditioner and elect to cover it with a tarp or cover. This does not help, and could actually damage your AC if you neglect to remove the covering before you run it again. Your AC was designed to handle rain and snow, so save your money and avert a potential AC repair by not covering your unit. However, if you see that your unit is in standing water after a storm, make sure to call Desert Suns Heating & Cooling before you turn it back on. Another hazard to your AC during severe weather is falling (or flying) objects. This is a little hard to prevent, but keeping loose outdoor items restrained can help minimize your risk. Once the storm passes, make sure to pick up any debris that may have accumulated around your unit. If debris happens to hit and damage your unit, Desert Suns Heating & Cooling can check it and perform an AC repair if it’s needed. In addition to storms, summer is known for its scorching heat. Just like it was made to tolerate 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 house. You can help monitor some wear and tear by keeping your home’s temperature setting a little warmer 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 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 impact of severe weather on your air conditioner, or think you are in need of an AC repair, call Desert Suns Heating & Cooling. We can be reached at 505-994-9176 or through our useful online scheduler.