Using a Surge Protector to Protect Your HVAC System from Rough Weather

Strong thunderstorms and other harsh weather that forms often in all corners of Texas is bad news for your home’s electrical systems and equipment. When an external electrical source like your local electrical grid’s central system experiences damage due to severe weather, it can send a powerful electrical surge throughout the entire system, dispersing into nearby homes. A lightning strike that hits a specific point in an electrical system could trigger a power surge, too. Lastly, as major appliances struggle to stay on in the midst of a bad storm, they may shut on and off rapidly, creating an isolated surge in your own home.

While you know that you need to protect your electrical appliances from power surges with surge protectors at key outlets in your home, did you also know that your HVAC system needs the same sort of protection? Yes, your heater and air conditioner is just as vulnerable to a power surge’s damage as anything else in your home. Essentially, if something uses electricity and plugs into your property at some point, it can be affected by a power surge.

What can a power surge do to your HVAC system?

  • Fries internal components, requiring replacement
  • Damages wires, creating a serious fire hazard
  • Renders thermostat unusable or inaccurate

Surge Protectors for Your Home’s HVAC System

Want to protect your HVAC system from surges caused by thunderstorms and other electrical anomalies? It is time to invest in a good surge protector, then!

Surge protectors for an air conditioning unit or heating unit act just like they do for their smaller counterparts. When an electrical surge flows through your home’s wiring, the surge protector will intercept the overcharge, absorbing it before it can hit your HVAC system’s delicate electrical components. There are even advanced surge protectors that absorb power surges and then provide power to your HVAC system even after your local electrical grid goes down. Running an HVAC system on backup power is a steep energy demand, though, so you may not get much extra time to keep the heater or AC unit going after a power outage. For this reason, most people are satisfied with a surge protector without backup power capabilities.

Have questions about using a surge protector to protect your heater and air conditioner from a power surge caused by rough weather? Call (469) 721-6659 to connect with Quick Solutions Air Conditioning & Heating in Plano. We have been service our communities since 2010, so we are completely familiar with the seasonal storms that can roll through the area and how they can damage unprotected HVAC systems. Go ahead and give us a call and request a job estimate today!

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