Air conditioners and lightning storms don’t always get along so well. Electrical storms have a way of damaging homes and the technological devices that fill them, and we see our fair share of air conditioning repair in Park City because of the damaging power surges that often accompany a summer storm.
Although the process tends to vary depending on your unit and the storm, most cooling system damage comes in the shape of blown fuses, burnt capacitors, fried compressors, and burned wires. Some of these (compressors) can be costly, while others (capacitors) tend to be a much easier fix. In most cases, your home’s insurance will cover damages that can be linked to a storm, so be sure and check your policy before you call.
How to Prevent A/C Damages During a Storm
As is the case with most electronics, the best way to prevent damage during a storm is to turn the unit and thermostat off as soon as the weather starts to turn. Unplug the cooling system or turn off the breaker if you can, and wait until the storm is clear from the entire area before you start things running again.
You can also have a surge protector installed when your cooling system is put in or during your annual heating and cooling maintenance routine. This will protect you not only from lightning strikes, but from other electrical-related problems that can arise when your neighborhood’s power source is compromised for whatever reason.
Perhaps one of the most important things you can do to protect your system is to pay attention to other damages in the house. Because of the way air conditioning systems are built, lightning doesn’t always cause immediate damage. Even small power surges can affect the capacitor, which, over time, can cause the compressor to go. If any other system in your house was damaged by the storm (TV, DVD player, computer), it might be a good idea to call in your Park City air conditioning repair company. Small fixes now can end up saving you quite a bit of money in the long run.
Suffering the Heat
One of the biggest drawbacks of having a cooling system during a summer storm is that being forced to turn it off for a few hours while the storm passes can result in some increased temperatures inside your home. The best way to combat this is to ensure that your home is weatherized from the windows and insulation to the doors.
Energy efficient homes not only cool properly, but they maintain that temperature even when faced with the ravages of nature. Protect your family and protect your home by considering a home inspection to locate areas where you can enhance your cooling system’s overall efficacy.