While your air conditioner was engineered to withstand all of the crazy weather in Williamsport, occasionally severe weather can lead to an AC repair. For 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 best to turn your system off using your thermostat and turn off the circuit breaker to enhance protection during severe storms.
A lot of people are concerned about too much water getting on their air conditioner and elect to cover it with a tarp or cover. This is unnecessary, and could actually damage your AC if you forget to remove the covering before operating it again. Your AC was designed to handle rain and snow, so keep your money and avoid 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 Lycoming Heating Company before you turn it back on.
Another threat to your AC during severe weather is falling (or flying) objects. This is a little difficult to prevent, but keeping loose outdoor items contained can help minimize your risk. Once the storm passes, make sure to clean up any debris that may have gathered around your unit. If debris did hit and damage your unit, Lycoming Heating Company can check 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 a lot of heat from the sun. But, the hotter the sun, the harder your AC has to run to cool your home. You can help monitor 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 simpler the work is for your AC. Many people are still comfortable with their thermostats set to roughly 78 degrees Fahrenheit on exceptionally 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 wonder if you are in need of an AC repair, call Lycoming Heating Company. We can be reached at 570-244-2510.