How Severe Weather Can Lead to an AC Repair 08/11/2017While your air conditioner was designed to bear all of the crazy weather in Raceland, sometimes severe weather can lead to an AC repair. For instance, bad weather oftentimes coincides with power surges. Since 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 increase protection during stormy weather. Many people worry about too much water getting on their air conditioner and decide to cover it with a tarp or cover. This does not help, and could essentially damage your AC if you neglect to remove the covering before running it again. Your AC was designed to handle rain and snow, so hold onto your money and avert 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 Guidry's Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Service before you turn it back on. Another danger to your AC throughout severe weather is falling (or flying) objects. This is a little harder to prevent, but keeping loose outdoor items contained can help minimize your risk. Once the storm passes, make sure to pick up any debris that may have gathered around your unit. If debris does hit and damage your unit, Guidry's Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Service can inspect 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 endure water, your AC was made to handle lots of heat from the sun. But, the hotter the sun, the harder your AC has to run to cool your house. You can help control 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 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. Don’t forget 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 believe you are in need of an AC repair, call Guidry's Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Service. We can be contacted at 985-537-6795 or through our convenient online scheduler.