Surge Protectors And HVAC: What You Need To Know

The term power surge can cause many people to break out in a sweat and dollar signs to flash before their eyes. When most homeowners think of surge protection, the think of their computers, cell phones, and flat screen televisions. While all of these devices are important to protect from a power surge, technology has now made it that they are not the only ones. In fact, home telephones and HVAC systems now fall into the category of technology appliances that need protected from a fateful power surge. A lightning strike or a power grid problem can be the death of even your HVAC system. Power surges can cause great added expense with the potential of needing to replace several important pieces of equipment within the home.

HVAC systems used to be mostly mechanical. This mean they were safe from a power surge or other electrical problem. However, over the years they have grown to be more technical and involve more technologies, especially higher efficiency systems. If a power surge happens, there is no telling the amount of damage that could be done to your HVAC system. Your system could fail or be difficult to repair. Hidden damage over time can even cause a failure. Large surges can cause immediate total failure, meaning you will need to replace your entire HVAC system altogether. This can cause a lot of problems, as replacing an HVAC system can be costly and timely.

In these cases, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. You can’t stop a power surge from happening, however, there several steps you can take to help protect your HVAC system. The first step is to install a whole-home surge protector. It will install at the main breaker box and stops too much power from coming into the power line. In addition, you can purchase HVAC surge protectors and individual surge protectors and plug them into outlets near electronic equipment. If you have question about your HVAC system being protected from a power surge, it is wise to contact an HVAC professional in your area.

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Is Your HVAC System Protected From Power Surges?

Your town is experience yet another summer thunderstorm. The rain pours down, the thunder rolls on, and the lightning continues to strike. Since this same occurrence happens frequently during early summer in your area, you know your home is protected and you don’t think much about this storm. But suddenly your lights flicker and you hear a loud zapping noise. In the blink of an eye, your home’s HVAC system has experienced a power surge and is ruined.

When it comes to forces and situations homeowners need to protect their homes against, power surges are not the first things that come to mind. After all, they are rare. Some homeowners do think about power surges in the context of protecting their electronic devices and investments, such as computers, printers, telephones, television sets, and fax machines. They purchase and use power surge protecting power strips or specialized outlets that protect against power surges. However, they do not protect their home utilities or larger appliances. This can be a costly mistake that causes many hassles and headaches.

What causes a power surge?
Many different factors can cause a power surge. A power surge can be internal or external. Some of the most common causes and contributing factors to power surges are:
• Lightning and Electrical Storms

• Downed Power Lines

• Faulty Building Wiring

• Power Outages

• Cycling On or Off of larger type appliances

• Maintenance at the power plant

• Bad Electrical Components

• Aged Electrical Components
Lightning strikes are the most common causes, with over 20 million cloud-to-ground lightning strikes detected per year in the 48 contiguous states of the United States.

Why are power surges damaging?
When a power surge occurs, a large dose of power is sent into the home’s electrical system. All electronic devices and appliances were only built to accept and withstand a certain voltage of power. Power surges have the potential to overload devices and appliances with power, causing them to be damaged or ruined.

Home Power Surge Protection
Protect your home utilities by calling your trusted HVAC technician today. In addition to HVAC maintenance, your HVAC professionals can provide protected for your HVAC system against damaging and costly internal and external power surges.