5 Tips for Safeguarding Your HVAC Unit from Power Surges

You’re most likely familiar with this famous Benjamin Franklin quote: “In this world, nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.”

Well, we’ll say the same about the life of HVAC units, as they can face taxing power surges that eventually lead to their demise with age.

So, what can be done to prevent a premature tragedy? Here are 5 things that every homeowner should know about safeguarding their investment:

A whole-house surge protector is a must. Having one installed in the primary breaker box is the best solution for preventing voltage induction from reaching the interior of your home. Unfortunately, a simple surge strip can’t protect against power surges. Today’s homes need the whole-house solution, especially considering that many newer appliances—including your HVAC system—use internal computers to operate.
Lightning is a problem, but not the sole cause of power surges. Mother Nature doesn’t shoulder all of the responsibility here. The fact is that 80% of surges are transient and generated by homeowners. The on-and-off switching of high-power electrical devices, including your refrigerator and HVAC system, can create damaging spikes in the electrical current.
Surge protection leads to a longer lifespan for your appliances. Internal power surges may only amount to a 5- or 10-volt fluctuation, instead of the thousands of volts that are caused when lightning strikes a transformer. Over time, though, those little jolts can cause “electronic rust” that degrades circuitry, eventually leading to failure. A properly installed surge protection system can provide as much as 30% more life from HVAC equipment and other appliances.
A thermostat with time-delay technology is an extra layer of protection. This is an important feature for an HVAC unit in the event of a power outage. The delay protects against damaging voltage spikes that can occur in the first few moments after power is restored. Programmable thermostats incorporate a time delay, or they may already be built into the system microprocessor. Either way, you’ll want to make sure that your unit is up to date with this helpful technology.
Attempting surge protector installation on your own is not worth the risk. It comes down to three simple words: live electric currents. Cutting corners or simply not being prepared for the task at hand can lead to personal injury or worse. Don’t put yourself or your loved ones in a dangerous situation. Call a licensed professional to service your HVAC system.

Protecting Your Major Investment

There are two certain things about living in Florida: HVAC systems work overtime, and there’s a greater risk of power outages and surges in the lightning capital of the world.

American Air & Heat is committed to not only helping customers select the right equipment but also educating them on how to safeguard their HVAC unit. Our technicians will assess your home’s needs and help you choose the right surge-protector level for your home.

To schedule service or to speak with one of our team members, call American Air & Heat at (407) 512-9337.

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