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 Thousand Oaks, occasionally severe weather can lead to an AC repair. For example, bad weather oftentimes coincides 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 most appropriate 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 decide to cover it with a tarp or cover. This does not help, and could essentially 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 prevent a potential AC repair by not covering your unit. However, if you find your unit is in standing water after a storm, be sure to call Air Max HVAC Inc 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 secured can help minimize your risk. Once the storm passes, make sure to pick up any debris that may have collected around your unit. If debris happens to hit and damage your unit, Air Max HVAC Inc can examine 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 lots of heat from the sun. But, the hotter the sun, the harder your AC has to operate to cool your home. You can help control 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 less strenuous the work is for your AC. Many people are still comfortable with their thermostats set to about 78 degrees Fahrenheit on extremely 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 believe you are in need of an AC repair, call Air Max HVAC Inc. We can be reached at 805-217-8662 or through our handy online scheduler.