As most of you may already know there are some very important maintenance issues to consider to keep our Air Conditioning and Heating system running smooth all year long. There may also be one more thing to consider and that is the highly overlooked surge protection. Our heating and cooling systems use electricity even if the main components are gas and for that reason we must protect our investment just as we would home electronics and other valuables in our homes or businesses.
Most often, power surges are associated with lightning strikes which claim untold amounts of power equipment every year around the world. The intense amount of power lighting has can destroy electrical devices even with a non-direct strike to the power lines or devices themselves. In addition, faulty wiring and issues with the power equipment itself can cause a surge that can cause serious damage to your Air Conditioner.
Surge protectors simply shut off the power to a specified component or appliance by monitoring the amount of power it receives and disconnecting the flow of power when it reaches an unacceptable level. Just about everyone has seen the power strips we use to plug in multiple devices for stereos and televisions and this is the same basic concept behind the surge protection for our heating and cooling systems. When a power level trips the surge protector, it automatically shuts down all of the devices it leads to saving them from potential destruction.
Once your Air Conditioner is shut down as a result of a power surge it is advisable to have a qualified contractor come do a proper inspection and start up to ensure all is good before power is reintroduced to the system. Also if you are not sure if you are currently protected it is a good idea to have you’re A/C company tell you about your options to keep your investment safe from power surges.