Can I Run My Air Conditioner During a Storm?

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Summer in Charlotte means pool days, backyard barbecues and all around relaxation. However, summer can also mean taking refuge indoors from severe storms. But can you use your air conditioner to stay cool and comfortable during a summer storm? Andersen Heating & Cooling has some tips on using your A/C in inclement weather.

Thunderstorms in Charlotte, NC

Thunderstorms are common in the Charlotte area during summer. When a severe thunderstorm rolls through your area, it’s important to remember to turn off your air conditioner. Lightning strikes from thunderstorms can cause power surges that can heavily damage any electrical components, including HVAC equipment. A strong power surge could result in costly repairs, if not a complete replacement, of your air conditioner. When you see lightning this summer, make sure to turn off your air conditioner, as well as unplug electrical devices like computers and phones.

Air conditioner use during rain storm

Unlike thunderstorms, rain storms do not feature lightning strikes. Therefore, you don’t have to worry about turning off the A/C every time you see a drop of rain this summer. You can even use your air conditioner to lower the humidity in your home brought on by rainfall, keeping you cool and comfortable no matter the weather. However, if there is a flash flood warning in your area, you should turn off power to your A/C unit. This will prevent extensive damage to the air conditioner.

Preferred Maintenance Agreement from Andersen

If your air conditioner has been damaged or is malfunctioning after a storm this summer, you’ll want it working again ASAP. With a Preferred Maintenance Agreement from Andersen Heating & Cooling, you can rest assured that you’ll have timely service after storms this summer. As a Preferred Maintenance customer, you’ll receive priority service, so you’ll have minimum wait times for HVAC repair after a storm. In addition, you can enjoy 15% discounts on all repairs!

Call Andersen Heating & Cooling to ask about a Preferred Maintenance Agreement today!

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