Can Air Conditioners Be Used During a Thunderstorm?

Late summer weather can be hot and humid. It definitely makes you thankful for your air conditioners. That same muggy weather can create the perfect environment for thunderstorms. Many people ask if it is ok to have the AC on during a thunderstorm. Air 24/7 provides AC repair in Tampa, Florida, and we are happy to answer your HVAC questions.. 

Operating an AC During a Thunderstorm

We recommend during any storm, you turn your air conditioner off. Thankfully, when storms roll in, it usually cools off as well. Here is why it is important to shut your AC down during a thunderstorm:

  • Lightning – Lightning striking is always a concern when there is a storm. Lightning rarely strikes a home, but it does happen. When it does, it can trigger a power surge. This causes problems for more than just your AC.
  • AC Damage–  Lightning can damage your air conditioner system bad enough it will need replaces. If your HVAC system is running when lightning strikes, it can do irreparable damage.

Does Rain Interfere with My AC?.

Rain will not impact your air conditioner. Rain doesn’t damage the AC, but if there is flooding and there is water pooling around the unit, you should turn off your electricity at the box.

For AC repairs in Tampa, Florida, give Air 24/7 a call at (813) 328-7320.