While your air conditioner was engineered to withstand all of the crazy weather in Winnipeg, sometimes severe weather can result in an AC repair. As an example, bad weather oftentimes corresponds with power surges. And 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 increase protection during severe storms.
Some people worry about too much water getting on their air conditioner and decide to cover it with a tarp or cover. This is unnecessary, and could potentially damage your AC if you neglect to remove the covering before running it again. Your AC was made to handle rain and snow, so keep your money and avoid a potential AC repair by not covering your unit. However, if you see that your unit is in standing water after a storm, you’ll want to call Kirkfield Heating & Air Conditioning 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 contained can help lower your risk. Once the storm passes, make sure to remove any debris that may have collected around your unit. If debris does hit and damage your unit, Kirkfield Heating & Air Conditioning 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 endure 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 around 78 degrees Fahrenheit on exceptionally 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 impact of severe weather on your air conditioner, or think you are in need of an AC repair, call Kirkfield Heating & Air Conditioning. We can be contacted at 204-272-8128.