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Late August and September are notorious for being hot and humid in South Florida and that’s also the perfect recipe for severe thunderstorms. But you may want to think twice before turning your cooling system on the next time the weather acts up – it could cause serious damage.

Lightning Strikes
Even though lightning striking a home is rare, if it does happen it can really damage your air conditioning system. When lightning strikes, it can send as much as 5 billion joules of energy through your home’s electrical system. That’s way more than enough to damage your cooling system if it’s turned on.

What Can Happen To It?
For starters, lightning can melt the plug to your unit. In addition, it can damage the control panel and corrupt the entire system. The control panel is filled with sensitive electrical circuitry, so it’s best to turn it off when a storm hits.

Can I Turn On The AC If It’s Raining?
Rain alone will not harm your air conditioner. In fact, turning the system on during warm, rainy days can make your home feel much more comfortable. The only time you would need to be concerned is if the rain was severe enough to leave standing water around the unit. In that case, it would be wise to power it down.

Looking for air conditioning experts in Boca Raton? You can always count on Aspen Air Conditioning to be there when you need us, so give us a call today at 561-395-1500.