When summer reaches its peak, your air conditioner may work double-time to keep your Fort Worth home cool and comfortable. While a lot of summer days are warm and beautiful, you may be no stranger to severe weather. Stormy conditions, and even days with high heat and humidity, can impact your air conditioner’s performance, efficiency and the length of its working life. Explore the many ways weather can affect your air conditioner and how to protect it.
Various weather conditions affect how well your air conditioning unit performs. On very hot days, the AC must work harder to maintain the set temperature. The increased workload might lead to an overburdened system, causing a breakdown.
High humidity also poses a challenge. Although air conditioners are made to dehumidify the air as they cool it, excessive humidity can strain the system. This might result in decreased performance and a less comfortable home.
Periods of very hot weather force your air conditioner to run much more than usual, leading to a spike in energy bills. If the system is not designed or put in correctly, it may struggle to meet the cooling demand under these conditions.
Alternatively, the condensing unit is at risk if it functions in subfreezing conditions. Attempting to run the air conditioner when the outdoor unit is covered in ice can damage the compressor, reducing efficiency and possibly ruining your cooling system.
Substantial rain, wind, hail or snow can damage the outdoor AC unit. Debris from storms can block airflow, reduce system efficiency or dent the metal. Should water flood the system, corrosion or short-circuiting could occur, shortening the life of your unit.
The outdoor AC unit is vulnerable to severe weather, but you can take precautions to safeguard it. Here’s how to save your air conditioner from harsh incoming weather:
In the aftermath of extreme weather, follow these steps to ensure your air conditioner is able to continue to run safety:
No one wants to feel the impact of severe weather, but it’s crucial to be prepared and understand how to recover. At Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning, we offer post-storm inspections and repairs to ensure your air conditioner operates safely and efficiently. Our team can handle all your AC service needs in Fort Worth, including maintenance, repair and replacement. Don’t let severe weather affect your indoor comfort—contact a Service Experts office near you for more information or to schedule a visit today.
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