During monsoon, dirt, dust and other debris can easily clog up your home’s a/c system, which reduces airflow through the coils, as well as causes premature corrosion of your condenser coil. This reduction in airflow prevents the unit’s ability to transfer heat between your home and the outdoor air. A damaged a/c unit also uses much more energy trying to cool down your home, which leads to higher utility bills.
High winds, lightning, and thunderstorms during monsoon can wreak havoc on your a/c system. But taking a few steps to protect your a/c unit will better prepare it to weather monsoon and will also help protect your safety and comfort.
Here are a few things you can do now:
• Trim trees from around the air conditioner: Most damage that is done to a/c units during monsoon is due to falling trees and branches that can either become embedded inside the unit, clogging it up, or debris falling on it, damaging the unit.
• Install a whole-house surge protector: Electrical damage is a huge potential risk during monsoon. A whole-house surge protector ensures your system keeps running even during storms.
• Clear your condensate drain line: A clogged condensate drain can lead to many problems in a home’s a/c system, so keeping it open can prevent costly repairs.
• Change your air conditioner’s air filter: Changing the air filter every month keeps the system running more efficiently. If it’s a particularly dusty monsoon, consider changing the filter more often.
And while you might be tempted to simply cover your home’s outside unit, keep in mind that you should never cover it with a tarp or a plastic bag. Covering your a/c unit not only keeps the moisture in the unit, but also makes it more difficult for your unit to breathe while it’s running.
John’s Refrigeration can help make sure your air conditioning system continues running during monsoon, as well as after the dust storms and rains have passed. Just Call John’s to find out how we can keep you comfortable.