When summer reaches its peak, your air conditioner may work double-time to keep your Dallas 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 hinder your air conditioner’s performance, efficiency and longevity. Explore the many ways weather can affect your AC and how to protect it.
Various weather conditions affect how well your air conditioning unit performs. On particularly hot days, the AC is forced to work harder to maintain the set temperature. The increased workload might lead to an overburdened system, causing a breakdown.
Excessive humidity also poses a challenge. While air conditioners are designed to dehumidify the air as they cool it, excessive humidity can put stress on the system. This might result in decreased performance and a home that your AC isn’t able to cool as well.
Heat waves force your air conditioner to run continuously, resulting in a spike in energy bills. If the system is not designed or installed correctly, it may not be able to meet the cooling demand under these conditions.
In contrast, the condensing unit is at risk if used in subfreezing conditions. Attempting to operate the air conditioner when the outdoor unit is covered in ice could damage the compressor, limiting efficiency and possibly ruining your cooling system.
Heavy rain, wind, hail or snow can inflict damage on the outdoor AC unit. Debris from storms can block airflow, cut down on system efficiency or dent the metal. If water floods the system, corrosion or short-circuiting could occur, shortening the life of your unit.
The outdoor AC unit is susceptible to severe weather, but you can take precautions to safeguard it. Here’s how to shield your air conditioner from harsh incoming weather:
In the aftermath of very bad weather, follow these steps to ensure your air conditioner is able to continue to operate safety:
No one wants to be impacted by severe weather, but it’s crucial to be prepared and know 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 Dallas, 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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