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What Weather Can Do to Your AC

AC repair tech removing the fan grate from the top of an outdoor AC unit.

Most air conditioners are designed to withstand a great deal of varying weather patterns and conditions. Weathering still damages your air conditioner cabinet over time, even with proper maintenance measures in place. It’s important to know what to expect and what to look for so you know when your AC cabinet needs a tune-up. Here’s what you need to know

Refrigerant Leaks

Weather damage over time can cause your refrigerant to leak from the condenser. Small impacts from debris (caused by high winds during hurricane season) can loosen components inside your AC cabinet. This can cause slight damage to the condenser if those moving parts shift around.

While your condenser is built tough, it’s designed to withstand wear and tear from continued use. Not from blunt force or moving parts hitting the condenser line.

Debris Causing Coil Freezing

The grate over your AC cabinet fans should be covered in some fashion. Even if it is, debris can still make its way inside from extreme wind. Leaves, foliage, and even soil can build up near your coils, which interrupts how your AC regulates its temperature.

Buildup creates insulation on the coils and causes it to freeze. While this is most likely to happen from dirty air filters and a lack of cleaning the coils through routine AC maintenance, debris can also cause this.

Broken Components

Heat expands and cold retracts. This can loosen multiple components of your air conditioner depending on how harsh the weather is (such as sudden temperature drops in winter during those rare cold days).

When your components loosen, they’re prone to rattling around and moving against other working parts, which creates a cluster of problems. These pieces aren’t meant to touch each other. Maintenance checks can ensure all components are tightly in place to prevent this from happening, however, extreme weather can still make this issue pop up even with good maintenance plans in place.

Oil Thickening

Your AC components are lubricated so the metal doesn’t grind against other parts. When temperatures drop below 60°F from time to time, that oil can become sludgy and cause issues with standard operation.

System Flooding

When it rains, it pours. If your AC cabinet is susceptible to rain falling through the fan grate, that’s perfectly okay. The problem is when rain pools at the base of the unit. This interferes with your system draining. If the system floods it can cause your coils to freeze and put stress on the motor. In worse situations, the entire cabinet can take on enough water to damage electrical components as well.

Repairing Weather-Damaged Air Conditioners

Harsh weather can take a toll on your air conditioning cabinet. Whether it’s hurricane season or not, the elements have a way of disrupting your home comfort. It’s time to repair your AC. It’s time to choose air condition repair Winter Park, FL residents trust.

Contact us today for full AC repair services to completely restore your air conditioner back to its former glory.

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