Snowstorms and Air Conditioners03/17/2016We haven’t completely gotten through winter in Bakersfield just yet. Mother Nature has given us a few nice days, but she’s always prepped to remind us that she’s the boss. 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 a repairman out out for air conditioner service. Heavy snowfall may bury your air conditioner in the snow, diminishing its performance when the temperatures finally 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 greater problem too if you don’t plan for it with an annual air conditioner service appointment. There are preparations you can do as a homeowner to help your air conditioner operate properly even though snow has fallen or could fall in the coming days and weeks. Ensure you have a 3-foot/1-meter clearance around your air conditioner. Walk around the area routinely to ensure that it stays clear and that there are no snow drifts or piles of debris that may have built up during the winter. Contrary to what you may think, putting a cover over your air conditioner might end up doing more damage than you’d expect. A covered air conditioner can be inviting for rodents looking for shelter from the weather and start to call it home, leading to damage to the system as they roam about. While the weather in Bakersfield will more than likely fluctuate up and down over the last few days of winter, you can’t count out the chance of weather that can alter the performance of your air conditioner. At Hillcrest Air Conditioning & Plumbing in Bakersfield, we are always available to inspect any areas around your home or answer any of your questions, whether they’re in regards to air conditioner service or adding a new system. Keeping you and your family safe and comfortable is our top priority. Give us a call at 661-437-3499 or simply schedule an appointment with us online to find out more information.