It is a stormy night. The wind is blowing roughly through the trees and the rain pounds hard against the windows in your home. You put little thought into this storm, however, because you know that your home is protected and this storm isn’t as severe as it could be. You go about your normal routine until your lights flash and you hear a loud zap-like noise. Your home has experience a potentially expensive and damaging power surge.
Power surges can be quite complicated and technical. There are many different circumstances and factors that can cause, or contribute to an internal or an external power surge. Some factors include the following:
- Lightning and Electrical Storms
- Downed Power Lines
- Faulty Building Wiring
- Power Outages
- Cycling On or Off of larger type appliances
- Maintenance at the power plant
- Bad Electrical Components
- Aged Electrical Components
What is a power surge?
A power surge happens when a brief, however significant, amount of power is sent into the power lines of a home. Electrical devices and appliances are only meant to utilize and withstand a certain voltage of power. A power surge can cause more power than a device was created to withstand to enter the electrical lines. This causes damage to the appliance or device and can potentially ruin it.
Home Power Surge Protection
Many homeowners purchase and utilize special power strips or outlets to protect their computers, printers, stereo equipment or fax machines from a power surge. Though this is a step in the right direction, and works well to protect the devices that it was meant for, they leave their more costly and larger appliances unprotected against a power surge. This can be an expensive mistake.
In addition to offering HVAC maintenance, your trusted HVAC professionals can also protect your home utilities from a costly and damaging power surge. If you are not certain, or know that your home utilities and HVAC system is not protected against an internal or external power surge, now is the time to act. Contact your HVAC technician today to find out how you can protect your HVAC system from a power surge.