When you think about a surge protector, you might picture a device to protect home electronics like computers and televisions. While these items definitely need safeguarding from power surges, the mostly costly equipment in your home deserves it too: the indoor and outdoor components of your air conditioning system.
A “power surge” in the electrical current in your home occurs when there’s a short stop-and-restart in the flow, or when the current is sent backwards through your electrical wiring. Such surges can differ greatly in intensity, from a minor five-to-ten volt disruption when you plug in an appliance in your kitchen, to a massive surge of thousands of volts when lightning strikes a transformer. Although lightning strikes are by far the most powerful and damaging cause of surges, they and other storm-related events like power outages and tree limbs contacting power lines are responsible for only about one-fifth of voltage fluctuations in an average home. The remainder originate within the home’s own electrical system.
Years ago, air conditioners were comprised of mechanical equipment without built-in electronics.
Today’s energy-efficient A/Cs typically contain various electronics and microprocessors, so they’re vulnerable to all sorts of electrical disturbances, including:
It’s impossible to predict or avoid storm-related power surges that can damage your air conditioner, so it’s wise get prepared by installing a whole-house surge protector as well as individual devices for each major component.
To learn more about how a surge protector can safeguard the air conditioner in your Peachtree City home, contact us at Powers Heating & Air.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Peachtree City, Georgia and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 770-487-2040.