Your furnace, heat pump and air conditioner represents a major investment in your home, and can cost thousands of dollars to replace. Regular maintenance is of the utmost importance to keeping your heater and air conditioner running smoothly for years to come. Equally important is having the protection of a surge protector from unexpected power surges in your home.
What is a power surge?
A power surge is a brief, momentary spike in voltage that passes through an electrical line. As we mentioned, surges are most often unexpected. Without going into too much detail, every electrical appliance is designed and requires a specific voltage, and it is plugged into a power outlet that delivers that particular voltage. A power surge produces more voltage than the electrical component can handle, often resulting in damage.
What causes power surges?
Power surges can be the outcome of a variety of events from weather conditions to bad wiring. No home is immune to a power surge. It is important for homeowners to makes sure the HVAC system is properly protected from electrical power surges, especially during monsoon season.
• Common causes of power surges:
• Lighting/Electrical Storms
• Downed Power Lines
• Faulty Wiring
• Power Outages
• Large Appliances Cycling On or Off
• Power Plant Maintenance
• Bad Electrical Components
• Risk to your HVAC system
Just like your other valuable electronic devices (computers, televisions, etc.), your heating and cooling system could be harmed by power surges. If your heater or air conditioner is subjected to a large spike in voltage, the electric components of your system can be damaged or destroyed.
Even if your heater or air conditioner is not obviously damaged from one electric power surge, repeated spikes and surges will wear down your equipment more quickly. Therefore, it is important that all HVAC systems to have surge protection.
How a surge protector works
Surge protectors are designed to protect sensitive electronic devices from power surges by grounding any additional voltage. A surge protector for an HVAC system will absorb minor surges with no interruptions, however in the event of a major power surge, it will trip the breaker causing the system to break down. If your system has been shut down due to a power surge, make sure you restart it properly. The best way to do this is by contacting the HVAC professionals that installed your system. They are able to walk you through the process.
Sunrise Mechanical offers professional residential heating and cooling solutions in the Phoenix metro area. If you haven’t already protected your HVAC investment with a surge protector, be sure to schedule with us today – and protect your investment: 623-583-7879.
– Sunrise Mechanical