Air Conditioning System impacted by storms?

by stevensplumbingac on August 19, 2014

air conditioning system in Phoenix AZ affected by local monsoonsDoes your air conditioning system need a surge protector?  The Phoenix AZ valley is getting a real monsoon season this year – rain, thunderstorms, lightning and all! 

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Personally, I enjoy a good thunderstorm (barring any serious damage, of course) but I’m very aware of some potential problems that can roll in along with the thunder and lightning, such as power surges that can have a devastating affect on your air conditioning system.

Does your air conditioning system have surge protection?

Most people are careful to plug their computers, tvs and other electronics into point-of-use surge protectors, but it seems few homeowners realize the need for surge protection on their heat pump, furnace or central air conditioning system.   But you’re taking a big risk if you don’t have an hvac surge protector in your home.

Power surges can damage your air conditioning system.

While direct lightening strikes are rare (and there’s not much you can do to protect your home from one) more common is a lightening strike near your home, perhaps in your neighborhood, that causes enough of a power surge to damage your air conditioner’s condenser, fan or compressor, or other components, not to mention causing major wiring damage.

Even a weak power surge can damage the air conditioner’s capacitor, and a problem with the capacitor that isn’t repaired can lead to damage to the compressor over time.  While the capacitor repair is fairly inexpensive, a new compressor is a major expenditure.

An HVAC surge protector can help protect your investment in your air conditioning system.

Of course, you can’t plug your hvac system into a point-of-use surge protection power strip, but you can protect your system with an hvac surge protector which works in a similar fashion, monitoring and controlling the power voltage to your unit.

You might think surge protection for your air conditioning system isn’t a priority.  After all, the monsoon season in Phoenix is relatively short-lived.  But even if you don’t live in an area that’s prone to thunderstorms, installing a surge protector can be a good precaution.  Lightning isn’t the only cause of power surges.  Power interruptions are even more likely to cause damaging surges and spikes, and we know power interruptions happen all the time, for any number of reasons!

An HVAC surge protector can help protect your investment in your home and prevent expensive repairs to your air conditioning system. 

Call for more information today.

(602) 273-7473

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT SURGE PROTECTORS:
http://www.nmsu.edu/safety/programs/gen_saf/Surge_unit_info.htm

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