When we think about power surges, we usually think about computers or television sets that got zapped in the surge and was subsequently ruined. This causes us to purchase power surge protection for these types of electronics in the form of power strips or specialized electrical outlets. However, power surges can ruin and damage other electronics and systems in the home as well, such as your HVAC system, air conditioners, furnaces, boilers, and water heaters. Having one of these units ruined or severely damaged can cost thousands of dollars to repair or replace. Most HVAC warranties will not cover such damages. If you claim these damages under your homeowners insurance, it is your responsibility to prove that it was caused by a power surge and not something else.
All electrical devices, large and small, no matter what they are used for, were created to need and tolerate a certain voltage of electricity. During a power surge, more electricity is forced into the device than it was created for. This is what can ruin and damage electrical devices and appliances in a power surge situation. Surge protectors help ground any extra voltage sent to these appliances, and thereby protect them from any harm.
Power surges can come from the outside of the home or be caused by factors inside the home. There are many different circumstances and factors that can contribute to or cause a power surge, such as:
• Lightning and Electrical Storms
• Downed Power Lines
• Faulty Building Wiring
• Power Outages
• Cycling On or Off of larger type appliances
• Maintenance at the power plant
• Bad Electrical Components
• Aged Electrical Components
Home Power Surge Protection
Protection is key when it comes to power surges and your HVAC system, not just HVAC maintenance. Preventing damage from a power surge can save a homeowner a lot of time, headaches, and money. If you are not certain that your home is protected, now is the time to take action. Call your HVAC professional today to find out how you can protect youPoqr home utilities and HVAC against the damaging effects of an internal or external power surge.