Enduring A Heatwave? How To Stop Your Air Conditioner From Overheating

Posted on: 2 August 2017

When you're dealing with a heat wave, the last thing you want is to have your air conditioner go out. Unfortunately, that's exactly what can happen, especially your electrical system is overloaded. One power surge can shut down your entire air conditioner. Power surges can occur when the main power source for your community is overloaded, due to extreme usage. However, power surges can also occur when your own air conditioner is forced to work overtime to keep your home cool during under heatwave conditions. To avoid losing your air conditioner to a power surge, here are four steps you can take to prevent system overheating.

Close the Windows

When you're at home, you want to be able to see outside. That means you probably open your curtains and your window blinds. What you might not realize, is that when you open your curtains and your shades, you allow the heat from outside to radiate through your windows into your home. As your home heats up, your air conditioner needs to work harder to keep the air cooled down to the appropriate temperature. Unfortunately, that could result in an overload, which will shut your air conditioner off. To help your air conditioner work more efficiently, close the curtains and the shades during the sunniest part of the day.

Circulate the Air

If the air inside your home isn't circulating, it's going to be harder to cool down. Not only that, but it's going to feel warmer to you. If your air feels warmer, you're going to adjust the setting on your thermostat, which is going to require your air conditioner to work harder to cool down the air. You can reduce the stress on your air conditioner by turning on your ceiling fans, or bringing in a few portable fans to help circulate the air. Your home will feel cooler, and your air conditioner won't need to work as hard to keep you comfortable.

Reduce Your Appliance Use

During a heatwave, everyone is going to be using their air conditioners, which is going to overburden the local power station. Each appliance that gets turned on is going to overburden the system a little more. If you've got multiple appliances running during a heatwave, you run the risk that your air conditioner will short out. Avoid costly repairs by reducing your appliance use during a heatwave.

Schedule a Service Call

If this heatwave has your air conditioner making strange noises, or emitting unusual odors, you'll need to contact a service like Plisko Service Solutions immediately. Your air conditioner could be suffering from a system overload.