How Summer Heat Affects Your Appliances

How Summer Heat Affects Your Appliances

One of the primary reasons people are moving to Buncombe, Henderson, and Transylvania counties is the weather. It is rarely bitterly cold, snow usually melts before it causes major issues, our elevation prevents tornadoes and hurricanes, and the summers are relatively cool compared to our southern neighbors. However, we're still in the South, and the mercury can still soar to heights that impact your home and family. 

On average, Asheville sees temperatures climb above 90-degrees ten times each year; however, some summers can push highs beyond 90 several times and even up to 100-degrees. When the mercury climbs, home and business owners should be aware of how it may impact their appliances. In this article, we will discuss # affects summer heat can have on your property and appliances and what you should do about it. 

 

1) Summer Heat Can Increase Your Energy Bills

The two largest energy users in your home, your air conditioner, and water heater do some of their heaviest work during summer. In the southern Appalachians, your air conditioner is using a lot of its energy dehumidifying the air, in addition to keeping your home comfortable. In addition to your HVAC, other appliances may be contending with high heat and humidity as well, generally driving your energy bills higher and higher.

The Solution

Make sure all appliances are running optimally and as efficiently as possible to offset the energy used by your HVAC system. It might be time to consider installing newer, more energy efficient appliances.

2) The Heat May Strain Your Refrigerator and Freezer

If your refrigerator is older or has existing issues, even the humidity in your home can cause it to work harder during the hottest days of summer. In Asheville, Hendersonville, and Brevard, temperatures may be cool enough most days to keep your freezer or a cooler outside in the garage, on the porch, or in a basement that is not centrally heated and cooled. A prolonged heat wave will cause that unit to work extra hard. Some signs your unit is stressed and may need repair include:

  • Freezer burn and excess condensation inside the unit
  • Leaking fluid outside
  • The fan seems to run constantly
  • The unit is not maintaining temperature
  • The refrigerator or freezer makes more noise than usual
  • Unusual odors are coming from the unit
  • The unit is tripping a breaker

The Solution

Consider relocating the outdoor unit or installing a mini-split HVAC system in your garage or basement. If your refrigerator or freezer is exhibiting any of these signs, you should call the experts at Appliance Pro Unlimited as soon as possible, before your unit is damaged further or you begin losing food to spoilage.

3) The Heat May Lead to Washer and Dryer Overuse

During summer when the kids are home all day, you are already likely doing more laundry than other times of the year. When the temperatures are hottest, you may be adding multiple changes of clothes each day, swimsuits, and pool and bath towels into the mix. If there are any existing issues with your washer or dryer, they will only get worse during the heat of summer.

The Solution

Consider spacing out loads of laundry as much as possible. Wash laundry in cold water. Contact Appliance Pro to make sure your washer and dryer are properly maintained and repaired.

4) Water Heater Used More Often

Though it may seem counterintuitive that your water heater would be used more often when the weather is warm, water heater overuse contributing factors include:

  • More dirty clothes and loads of laundry
  • More sweaty people taking showers more often
  • More swimming pool and lake trips leading to even more showers
  • More people washing their hands more often
  • More mouths to feed and dishes to wash

The Solution

Make sure your water heater has been well-maintained throughout its lifetime. If there are any leaks, issues with temperature, or other repair needs, have expert appliance technicians perform a proper diagnosis and recommend further steps.

The best thing you can do to mitigate the effects of summer on your appliances is to have them serviced and repaired by the skilled technicians at Appliance Pro Unlimitedskilled technicians at Appliance Pro Unlimited. We repair most national brands and serve the entirety of Buncombe, Henderson, and Transylvania counties in western North Carolina.