Protect Your HVAC System During A Storm With A Surge Protector
During a severe thunderstorm where the thunder rolls and the lightning strikes close to home, you know that you need to unplug any important electronics unless you have them hooked to a surge protector. Some people still unplug their most valuable items just to be safe. Regardless, these surge protectors are designed to protect any items plugged into them from damage that can be caused by an electrical power surge, which is often during thunderstorms. However, larger appliances, including your stove, refrigerator and HVAC unit, are generally not plugged in to a surge protector. This can lead to costly repairs, headaches, and no heat or cold air. Keep reading to learn how a power surge can happen at your home and how you can protect your HVAC system (as well as other home appliances).
What Exactly Can Cause a Power Surge in Your Home?
There are a number of reasons why a power surge may occur at your home. Here are some of the most common causes:
- Faulty wiring
- Dropped power lines
- Power plant maintenance
- Lightning storms
- Power outages
- Bad electrical components
How Your HVAC System Is at Risk
Without a surge protector in place to protect your valuable appliances by grounding the extra voltage that comes in, your HVAC system can be damaged when a power surge occurs. Your HVAC system – as well as other electrical appliances and devices in your home – is designed to withstand a certain amount of voltage. When that voltage is exceeded, the device is overloaded resulting in serious damage.
When that additional voltage runs through your HVAC system, it can harm the interior electrical components, which can result in partial or complete failure. Until those elements are replaced, your unit will not work. In some cases, the damage can be so devastating that it will require a complete replacement of your entire HVAC system.
Don't Run the Risk of Ruining Your HVAC System
When all you need is a surge protector, don't take the risk of letting your HVAC unit be ruined when the lightning comes in looking for a victim. Contact a heating and cooling expert in your area today to have an inspection done on your unit and see if you are fully protected in the event of a power surge. If you aren't, then a surge protector should be your next investment so that you can protect your HVAC system.