How Do Power Surges Affect Your HVAC System And Home Electronics?

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The number of high-tech electronic items and appliances for the average home has increased in the last several years. Years ago, surge protection was seen or considered useful only if you had a big-screen television setup at home. Today, electronic products and large appliances, including the home phone, dishwasher and also the HVAC system have a great amount of power going to them.

Power surges could be caused by a variety of things from lightning strikes to power grid issues. These surges could be extremely harmful to your electronics, appliances and HVAC unit. In fact, even one power surge could cause irreversible damage to electronic systems and their sensitive components.

The Problem With HVAC Systems And Power Surges

How Power Surges Affect HVAC System & Home Electronics - CoolBreezCSBefore, HVAC systems were primarily mechanical in there functioning, with very few electronic components. Things have changed, especially with newer and higher efficiency models. The issue with a power surge is that you don’t have a way to tell how much damage it will cause to your system if and when it happens.

Large power surges could be very devastating, many times leading to immediate failure. In a majority of cases, power surge-damaged HVAC units have to be replaced and cannot be repaired.

While some units may withstand a power surge and continue to work like before, there could be hidden damages. Over time, this hidden issue could compromise the unit’s efficiency and lead to premature failure. This is certainly not good news, especially with something that’s as vital and expensive as your HVAC system.

HVAC Surge Protection

While you cannot really do anything to prevent power surges from occurring, there are some things that could be done to safeguard your HVAC system and other valuable home electronics. It is recommended that you install an entire-home power surge protection for your HVAC at the primary breaker box to help protect your unit from damage.

For other electronic systems, buying individual surge protectors and using those at every outlet is recommended.

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