Snowstorms and Air Conditioners

March 17, 2016

We haven’t completely escaped winter in Des Moines just yet. Mother Nature has given us a few nice days, but she’s always prepared to remind us that she’s in full control. So when she does finally let up and it starts to warm up, read below so you won’t want to have to unexpectedly call us for out for air conditioner service.

Heavy snowfall may bury your air conditioner in the snow, diminishing its performance when the temperatures start to warm up for the season. Not to mention it can inhibit a high-efficiency system from operating as such. The situation could become an even larger problem too if you don’t prepare for it with an annual air conditioner service appointment.

There are things you can do as a homeowner to help your air conditioner run as it should even though snow has fallen or could fall in the upcoming days and weeks.

  1. Maintain a 3-foot/1-meter clearance around your air conditioner. Walk around the area routinely to make sure that it stays clear and that there are no snow drifts or piles of debris that may have piled up throughout the winter.
  2. Contrary to what you may think, putting a cover over your air conditioner may end up doing more damage than you’d expect. A covered air conditioner may be inviting for rodents looking for shelter from the weather and start to call it home, causing damage to the system as they roam about.

While the weather in Des Moines will most likely swing up and down over the last few days of colder temperatures, you can’t count out the chance of weather that can change the performance of your air conditioner. At Heartland Heating & Cooling in Des Moines, we are always available to take a look at any areas around your home or answer any of your questions, whether they’re about air conditioner service or buying a new system. Keeping you and your family safe and comfortable is our top priority. Give us a call at 515-344-3579 to get more information.