Thunderstorm season is fast approaching. But why are we talking about this? We aren’t here to send you constant alerts about severe thunderstorm warnings about large hail stones. However, that being said, we are here to tell you to just keep an eye out on your aircon this season!
Some of you may wonder if your air conditioners are affected by stormy weather, and the answer is no. However, stormy conditions like lightning or heavy rain and strong winds can lead to other issues that will affect your indoor and outdoor unit.
If a power surge were to occur, it can damage your air conditioner by tripping the circuit breaker or damage the electrical wires within the unit. After a lightning strike, the damages isn’t always instant. Over the next few weeks or months, you might start to notice your aircon doesn’t work as well as it did. It may have damaged the capacitor, blown a fuse, tripped the circuit, burned wires or damaged the compressor. It may sound ridiculous, but its cheaper to replace a kettle than an air conditioner after a power surge.
If your aircon does trip after a power surge, turn your thermostat off and then reset the breaker (this is usually in your garage, laundry room, basement or wherever the builders wanted to put it). Wait 30 minutes, as your aircon needs some time to reset its internal circuit breaker after a power outage. After waiting, turn the aircon on to ‘cool’, and it should kickstart back on! If it doesn’t, it means its time to call the professionals! And we don’t mean the ghostbusters to come and collect your deceased unit.
However, the stormy seasons can also impact you outdoor units. With heavy rain, hail or strong winds, this may damage the unit. Once the storm has passed, clear away any debris and check for wear and tear.
While you may think that nothing is wrong with your unit after a storm this season, ensure to get the air conditioner serviced and maintenance after the storm season to ensure that nothing it broken or damaged. Call the team at Asset Aircon today at 07 5596 1033 or email us at [email protected] to get you ready for the storm season!