Is Your HVAC System Protected From Power Surges?

Is Your HVAC System Protected From Power Surges?

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Power surges can occur at any time of the year in your home. When a power surge hits, it can do immense damage to appliances and your heating and cooling system. Estes Services provides solutions for power surges and knows exactly how to keep your heating and cooling system running smoothly with HVAC repairs.

What are Power Surges?

A power surge is a spike in your home's electrical current. The flow of electricity is interrupted and then begins again during a power surge. They typically only last a fraction of a second but they are hazardous to your electrical equipment. Not only are computers, microwaves, refrigerators, and televisions susceptible to power surges, but your heating and cooling system is equally at risk.

How is Your HVAC System Affected?

Modern furnaces and air conditioners have electronics that are highly sensitive. When a power surge hits, your furnace or air conditioner can malfunction or even blow out. The cost of an HVAC repair to fix a problem from lightning striking or another type of power surge may be extremely expensive. In some cases, it would cost less to replace your furnace or air conditioner versus fixing it after a power surge.

What Causes Power Surges?

Lightning strikes are the most well-known source of a power surge but there are other causes besides lightning striking your HVAC system that can damage it. Lightning strikes are the most powerful, feared, and damaging, but smaller surges from within the home are the most common cause of damage due to power surges. Issues with your home's appliances or electrical system cause surges. These daily surges, even though small, can cause damage instantly or slowly over time.

Protect Your HVAC System:

The best defense against a power surge leading to costly HVAC repair work in the future is installing a surge protector for your entire home. A surge protector absorbs excess electricity, channeling it into your home's grounding wire. A whole-house surge protector connects directly to your electrical panel. It protects your entire home from any surges that occur, including lightning strikes and power surges from within.

Keep your home and HVAC system safe from lightning strikes and other power surges. Call Estes Services today to find out your options for whole-home surge protectors. We will inspect your heating and cooling system with an HVAC repair call and install a surge protector.