Is my HVAC system protected in a storm?

lightning-399853_1280Summer storm season is still underway in Northern Virginia, and if lightning strikes a power line near your home, your HVAC system could become damaged. It’s important to make sure you have a surge protector installed in order to ensure that your family will remain cool on a blistering day and that you won’t need to buy an expensive new AC unit anytime soon.

What is a power surge?

A power surge is a spike in voltage passing through an electrical line. Every electric appliance requires a specific voltage and is plugged into a power outlet that delivers that voltage. When a power surge happens, more voltage goes through than is meant for the appliance, which can cause damage to it.

When does a power surge happen?

In addition to faulty wiring, many power surges happen due to weather mishaps such as:

  • Lightning strikes
  • Downed power lines due to strong winds
  • Power Outages

How can a power surge harm my HVAC system?

In a storm, your air conditioner and furnace are both likely to be affected by a voltage spike, which could damage or destroy any of their components. Even if it doesn’t happen after a single surge, repeated spikes will wear down your HVAC equipment.

How does a surge protector work?

Surge protectors protect electronics by grounding the additional voltage that they can’t handle. A surge protector will shut off your HVAC system in order to save its electrical components.

Call Snell Heating and Cooling With Any Questions About Surge Protectors

The last thing you want to do after a strong summer storm is have to replace an air conditioning unit, compressor, or any other expensive component. It’s important to make sure your surge protector is working if you do have one, and to get one installed if you don’t. Snell technicians are knowledgeable in keeping your HVAC system working as long as possible, so let us know if you need any help before the next storm happens in Sterling.

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