How Severe Weather Can Lead to an AC Repair 08/11/2017While your air conditioner was designed to withstand all of the crazy weather in Chicago, occasionally severe weather can lead to an AC repair. For instance, bad weather oftentimes goes hand-in-hand with power surges. And 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 a storm. A lot of people have concerns about too much water getting on their air conditioner and decide to cover it with a tarp or cover. This is unnecessary, and could actually damage your AC if you neglect to remove the covering before operating it again. Your AC was made to handle rain and snow, so hold onto 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 iTemp Heating and Air Conditioning before you turn it back on. Another danger to your AC throughout severe weather is falling (or flying) objects. This is a little hard 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 collected around your unit. If debris happens to hit and damage your unit, iTemp Heating and Air Conditioning 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 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 operate to cool your indoor space. 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 extremely hot days. Note 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 believe you are in need of an AC repair, call iTemp Heating and Air Conditioning. We can be reached at 773-704-0640 or through our convenient online scheduler.