Does My House Need Surge Protection For The HVAC System?

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.

Is Your HVAC System Protected From Power Surges?

The effects of power surges can be devastating, both financially and emotionally. Unfortunately, very few homeowners take the necessary precautions or even think about how power surges can damage home utilities such as air conditioners, furnaces, boilers, and water heaters. In fact, most homeowners protect electronics such as televisions, but leave their more valuable equipment unsecured.

An average home can experience as many as 300 power surges each year. It is, therefore, important to understand the causes and effects of an electrical surge and the various methods of home power surge protection. A power surge is a high–amplitude, short–interval power spike that can damage electronic appliances and equipment.

If you want to protect your home utilities, you should understand that power surges caused by uncontrollable outside forces could cause extensive damages to all hard–wired electrical equipment. Such outside forces may include electrical storms, a malfunction in the power plant, fault on the power lines, decreased power quality and more.

The most common causes of power surges come from within your house. According to the National Power Labs and General Electric, up to 80% of brief surges take place inside the house. A wide range of common household appliances running at the same time can cause surges that can affect the air conditioning system. As people become more dependent on electricity and due to increased use, power companies are finding it hard to maintain consistent power to their customers.

There are two main forms of protection:
· Whole–house protection
· Point of use protection

Homeowners can install a surge protection device at the point where the power supply enters the home. Such a device minimizes electrical surges to the hard–wired systems, including the heating and cooling systems, telephone line and cable line. On the other hand, the point of use protection works by using surge strips that various appliances and equipment plug into, or by using power surge protectors built into the electrical outlets.

There is no complete protection from a power surge; however, investing in surge protection can minimize damaging surges and extend the working life of your HVAC system. To make sure that your home and business are protected against power surges, schedule an appointment with a qualified service technician for professional HVAC maintenance and surge protection services.