Over the past few decades, the number of electronics in the average household has grown considerably. In the past, a surge protector was only really necessary for those with big-screen televisions. Today, there are many electronics which contain printed circuit boards. Such devices include the house phone and air conditioning systems. Power surges can result from anything, such as issues with the electrical grid or lightning strikes. These can be catastrophic. It’s therefore necessary to have devices such as HVAC surge protectors to protect the sensitive electronic circuits within the system.
The Problem with Air Conditioning Systems.
Conventional HVAC systems were usually mechanical in nature, with only several electronic components. This is not the case today, especially for the newer, high efficiency models. With power surges, the major problem is that there’s no way to predict how much damage will be sustained by the equipment. Large power surges can be highly devastating, causing irreparable damage along with immediate failure of the system.
While the unit may survive through the surge and seem to function just okay, there may be unseen damage. With time, this will compromise the system when combined with wear and tear, which will lead to premature breakage of the equipment. This isn’t a good thing, especially when things that are as vital and expensive as HVAC systems are concerned.
What can be Done?
While there’s nothing one can do to stop power surges from occurring, there are several steps that can be taken to safeguard the HVAC systems along with other precious electronics in the house. Having a whole-house surge protector installed at the chief breaker box will help in preventing excess voltage from causing havoc. This especially applies for HVAC systems and other equipment which are directly tied to the power line, rather than through an outlet in the circuitry. For other devices, it would be advisable to buy a separate surge protector to be used at every outlet.
If you’re worried that your HVAC system isn’t protected from power surges, you can contact us for an assessment of the system and its level of protection. With an expert dedicated to assuring your entire system is protected, you’ll no longer have to worry. It will also ensure that your equipment lasts long.