How The Summer Weather Affects Your Appliances

There are plenty of things to look forward to in the summer, but your appliances breaking down shouldn’t be one of them. That uncomfortable, sticky feeling you try to avoid can have some pretty nasty effects on the machines you spent more than a few hard-earned dollars on. So to help keep your “rainy day fund” intact, here is a list of 4 things to look out for that can make all the difference when keeping your appliances running on the hottest summer days.

Humidity

A sunny day might put a smile on your face but the dense humidity that sometimes tags along most definitely does not. If you feel it, chances are your appliances will too. That concentrated condensation might not seem like much, but it can cause some severe damage to internal electronics and eventually lead to mold. If you see condensation building up, wipe it away before it becomes a bigger problem.

Overuse

Summertime also means the kids are home from school, which means you’re probably driving them from football practice to swim class and every other activity under the sun. More grass-stained jerseys, chlorine-soaked towels, and all the other messes mother nature throws around quickly add up.

And your family’s new best friend? The air conditioner. All that strain and overuse ends up taking a toll on your appliances, so be mindful of your usage.

Power Surge

With everyone and their neighbor running every appliance they can to keep cool, power companies need to work hard to regulate this new spike in usage. Unfortunately, that means that the appliances you depend on become vulnerable to power surges. Electrical shortages can fry your appliance’s insides, and repairs can cost you that vacation you were saving for. So unplug appliances that aren’t in use, especially if you live in an area with known shortages.

Excessively Hot Surfaces

Everyone knows the searing pain you feel when your arm touches the metal end of a seatbelt that’s been blasted by the sun for a few hours. Your appliances may not flinch, but they’re feeling it too. If they’ve been exposed to direct sunlight throughout the day, you could be in for overheating, causing them to struggle to perform even their most basic of tasks.

Summer might be the season for pool parties, BBQs, and sunny days, but it’s also littered with dangers to your appliances. So keep an eye on humidity levels, be wary of overuse, stay informed on neighborhood power surges, and close your windows to cool down surfaces. These simple tricks could mean the difference between an unexpected expense and a fun summer.

Of course, proper maintenance includes tune-ups too! If you’re in the Omaha-area, trust ASAP Appliance & Plumbing to repair your appliances that require replacement parts. For more information, feel free to visit our website or call us at 402-252-4124.

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