Power surges and outages can have detrimental effects on the heating and cooling system of a house.
From lightning produced by severe thunderstorms to inadvertent actions of work done by power companies as potential causes, those instances can be extremely harmful to the heating and cooling system of a home or work area.
Modern HVAC systems contain numerous amounts of components that can be easily damaged by power surges and outages. While power surges cannot be controlled by any one person, damage to the HVAC system can be prevented by implementing some simple safety measures.
Shutting Off the HVAC System
The easiest method of protecting an HVAC system from power surges is to simply shut the system off at the circuit breaker or thermostat level when bad weather is imminent. The HVAC system becomes prone to severe damage if it is still running during a power surge. Knowing this, homeowners are advised to shut down their system to prevent any potential damage. The same principle applies to windows units or room air conditioning units. It is necessary to shut off and unplug them to stop the power surge from affecting the system.
Surge protectors offer a buffer between the HVAC system and any excess electricity whenever a power surge happens. Aside from providing protection to the entire HVAC system, whole-house surge protectors also provide protection to all other appliances inside the house. These protectors can and are usually set up at the entry point of the main power line. In addition to whole-house, power strips should be used as an additional surge protector in all the outlets inside the home. The HVAC system should be connected to a power strip, which should have a properly functional surge protection system for all appliances connected to it.
Power outages also occur when a power grid stabilizes after a power outage. In this situation, the power increases for a short moment and stays at a high level for a few minutes after power has been restored. It is necessary to prevent the HVAC system from starting up at the same time when power is restored as the brief power spike may damage the system. A thermostat featuring a time-delay device can delay the start up of the HVAC system after power has been restored. Time-delay devices ensure that the HVAC system remains off for roughly five minutes after the power has been restored. This allows the power grid to stabilize before the HVAC system is turned on again.
St. Louis HVAC Company
Extreme weather conditions can damage any HVAC system making it necessary to repair or even replace the entire system. It is essential to consult a trained professional from a professional St. Louis HVAC Company to provide protection to the HVAC system before damage can be done.
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