How Severe Weather Can Lead to an AC Repair 08/11/2017While your air conditioner was engineered to bear all of the crazy weather in Rapid City, there are times that severe weather can result in an AC repair. As an 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 make an effort to protect your AC. It’s most appropriate to turn your system off using your thermostat and turn off the circuit breaker to increase protection during a storm. Many people are concerned about too much water getting on their air conditioner and decide to cover it with a tarp or cover. This is not necessary, and could essentially damage your AC if you neglect to remove the covering before you run it again. Your AC was built to handle rain and snow, so save your money and avoid 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 Street Heating & Sheet Metal Inc 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 pick up any debris that may have accumulated around your unit. If debris did hit and damage your unit, Street Heating & Sheet Metal Inc can inspect it and perform an AC repair if it’s needed. In addition to storms, summer is known for its sweltering 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 run to cool your house. 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 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. Note 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 wonder if you are in need of an AC repair, call Street Heating & Sheet Metal Inc. We can be available at 605-342-5107 or through our useful online scheduler.