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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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Do I Need Home Surge Protection For My HVAC System?

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At one time, home surge protection was only associated with computers or big-screen television sets. Now, as technology has become more sophisticated and our level of comfort has grown with it, we are surrounded by devices using printed circuit boards in our homes much more often.

Our home phones and even our HVAC systems fall into this category now. They can be vulnerable to a power surge caused by an issue with the power grid or a lightning strike. These surges can be devastating, since even a small surge has the potential to cause irreparable damage to sensitive electronic components.

Power Surges And Damage To HVAC Systems

Do I Need Home Surge Protection For My HVAC System - Cool Breeze ACAt one point HVAC systems had very few electronic parts, and were mostly mechanical in nature. Modern, higher efficiency systems are designed differently, though. The issue with newer models is that when a power surge hits, you have no way of determining how much damage one of them will do to your equipment.

Large surges can cause immediate failure to your HVAC unit and extensive damage that is difficult to repair. In a number of cases, damage caused by a power surge means that the HVAC unit must be replaced, instead of being repaired.

Even if your HVAC unit survives a power surge and appears to be working just fine, there may be hidden damage. Over time, this damage may lead to premature failure. This is not a result you want to see happen to an investment you have made in your HVAC system.

What You Can Do To Protect Your HVAC System

Even though you cannot stop power surges from occurring, there are steps you can take to protect your HVAC system and other appliances in your home from becoming damaged.

  • Have a whole-home surge protector installed at the main breaker box to prevent excess power from being a problem for items tied into the power line, rather than an outlet.
  • Buy individual surge protectors and using them at each outlet where you have electronic equipment plugged in.

We are your local heating and air conditioner experts in the Tucson, AZ area and we can assess your system to determine its level of protection.

We are your local heating and air conditioner experts in the Tucson, AZ area and we can assess your system to determine its level of protection.

If you still have concerns about surge protection and your HVAC system, call Cool Breeze Comfort Solutions now!

Do I Need Surge Protection for My HVAC?

You probably know that to keep your HVAC system in good working order you need to keep up with regular maintenance. This includes things like changing air filters, cleaning out air ducts and clearing debris from both inside and outside the system. Surge protection for your system may not be something you think of immediately, but like those maintenance tasks, it’s an important part of keeping your equipment functioning properly over time.

How Surge Protection Works

Surge protection essentially shuts off your system in the event that power levels in the system rise suddenly and unacceptably. When a sudden increase in electricity occurs, any electronic device is at risk. But, unlike your stereo, your HVAC system costs thousands of dollars – no one wants to lose something so valuable to a surge that could have been prevented. That’s why a surge protector is so vital for your system.

The surge protector monitors the levels of electricity coming into your HVAC system. In the event that a surge occurs for any reason (faulty wiring, a lightning strike, etc.), the surge protector will immediately cut off power to the HVAC unit and shut all of the equipment down.

A Sizeable Investment

Your HVAC system was not an impulse buy. This is a collection of equipment that you probably spent a good deal of money on and that you rely on to keep your family comfortable throughout the year. When you look at it that way, it’s easy to see why it’s worth doing anything you can to protect your investment. Installing a surge protector is a relatively minor expense compared to the money and inconvenience it could save you by preventing serious damage to your HVAC equipment.

Proper Restart

Once a surge protector shuts off your HVAC system, you’ll need to restart it properly. The best thing to do is talk to the contractor who installs your system. They can walk you through the restart process step by step to ensure you know exactly what to do. After going through all that trouble installing a surge protector, the last thing you want is to make a mistake when turning it back on.

If you don’t already have a surge protector in place, call an HVAC professional today and learn what your system needs to be fully protected. It’s a small expense and a quick installation, so there’s no reason to put it off any longer.