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The Shocking Truth About Surge Protection and Your Air Conditioner

What did the surge protector say to the lightning bolt? “I’m shocked by your destructive behavior. Until you learn how to conduct yourself properly – you’re grounded!”

When it comes to electricity, where it comes from and how it works, most Americans are somewhat “unenlightened.” Often misunderstood, electrical power is so intricately woven into the fabric of our lives, most people only think about it when it’s not there, like when a power outage occurs. Utility companies in the United States generally do an excellent job of keeping the power flowing and the lights on. However, there are numerous causes for occasional power surges which can do damage to home appliances and knock your air conditioning unit out of service. With summer storms just a few months away, it’s a good idea to consider the benefits of installing an air conditioning surge protector to shield your air conditioner or rooftop air conditioner from the dangerous effects of power fluctuations.

When Lightning Strikes

Did you know lightning strikes the earth 100 times per second? That adds up to over eight million times per day. Phoenix residents are familiar with spectacular displays of lightning, especially during the monsoon season. Located in Tucson, the NLDN (National Lightning Detection Network) monitors all lightning strikes in the continental United States and reports that Arizona averages over 600,000 strikes per year. Lightning is a significant cause of power surges due to the fact that one bolt of lightning can generate over 100 million volts of electricity. That kind of voltage can do a tremendous amount of damage and fry your air conditioning unit in a matter of seconds. An air conditioner surge protector on your HVAC unit will prevent damage to your components and channel the lightning bolt into the ground.

There’s also more to be concerned about when it comes to electrical surges than lightning. Extreme power usage throughout the Valley of the Sun during summer heatwaves can cause power dips on the grid and resulting power surges when the power goes off and back on.

It Will Never Happen to Me

Phoenix television stations do a great job of reporting the weather. Whenever we see dramatic footage of lightning bolts hitting trees or power lines during a thunderstorm, we always think, “That’ll never happen to me.” Hopefully, you never will experience lightning closeup, and your home will go untouched for as long as you live there. However, the relatively low cost of a surge protection unit can provide peace of mind for you and your family for years to come.

To learn more about surge protection to protect your HVAC system, call Bruce’s Air Conditioning & Heating at 480-968-5652.

Surge Protectors And HVAC: What You Need To Know

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Surge Protectors And HVAC-BrucesAC.comSurge protectors are usually associated with computers and other sensitive electronic equipment. Individuals are told that they should plug their PCs into these devices in order to prevent damage from electric spikes. These can happen frequently during storms and similar weather conditions. It can also occur due to overloading somewhere along the local grid.

These surges can be quite destructive. The problem is that more appliances now have electronic circuits that are in danger when surges strike. HVAC systems are prime examples of this. They used to be dominated by mechanical parts but advances in technology have thoroughly modernized these systems.

Power surges can cause great damage to and even destroy an HVAC unit. Learn more and discover how whole home surge protectors can protect your HVAC.

HVAC Surge Damage And The Consequences

If an HVAC unit experiences a power surge, it can unfortunately fail instantly. Some units may still work after being restarted while others won’t and require outright replacement. Even those that survive are likely to need new parts to avoid premature failure. Neglect can prove to be quite costly for homeowners as they may have to spend several hundred or thousands of dollars to remedy the situation. A surge can happen at any time, usually when they are least expected. Safe measure must be put in place to guard against them around the clock.

Surge Protectors – Effective Preventive Measures Against Surges To Your HVAC

A whole house surge protector can be installed for the general protection of all appliances connected to the power line. The surge protector will be located at the main breaker box. Be sure that the surge protector has an adequate rating for the expected load so that it can actually do the job properly when it is needed. Adding this component will not affect anything with the normal operations, it will only kick in to mitigate the effect of current spikes.

HVAC surge protectors are an effective preventive measure against surges for your cooling and heating systems.

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