Modern electrical devices come with printed circuit boards which makes them more vulnerable to power surges. As technology advances, more devices are becoming more energy efficient and come with a longer lifespan. However, in order for your device to serve you for an extended period of time, you’ll need to perform regular maintenance checks and protect them from power surges. HVAC systems are one of the many devices using printed circuit boards and will therefore be affected by lighting or excess electrical current from a damaged power grid. In order to protect your unit from harm, you’d be better off investing in HVAC surge protectors.
A few years ago, HVAC systems came with very few electronic components. This meant that they were less likely to get damaged by power surges. And when there was damage, it was easier to determine the severity of the problem. Modern systems are manufactured differently and there is no way of telling how badly a power surge will damage your unit.
In some cases, surges will immediately damage your unit, rendering it useless on the spot. When this happens, you might be forced to replace the entire system due to irreparable damage. This will of course be a huge loss since replacing the HVAC system will cost you a lot of money.
In other cases, your HVAC system might continue working even after a surge. This however doesn’t mean that everything is fine. As time goes by, the damage will get worse and reduce the unit’s lifespan.
What Can you do to Protect your HVAC System?
While you won’t be able to stop surges, you can always take precautions and protect your devices. One way to go about this is to install whole-house surge protectors. Whole-house surge protectors will prevent excess current from entering your home from the main breaker box. The best part about using this is the fact that you don’t require surge protectors on every outlet.
You may also opt to go for individual surge protectors placed at every outlet in your house. These will be used on every outlet that has an electronic device plugged in. Follow us for more great articles on heating, air conditioning and home needs