Folks in Mohave County know that with the summer come veracious thunderstorms and monsoons. Pouring rain, howling winds, and lightning are a sure bet during the monsoon season, creating an opportunity for a power surge. All of the residents in Ft. Mohave, AZ and surrounding area also know that it is wise to protect the investment you have in all of your electronics. Including your air conditioner.
Breaks in electricity pose a risk for a key component of a central air conditioner – the compressor. The compressor, which is the part usually in the yard or up on the roof, controls the flow of refrigerant through the system.
How does a surge protector help an AC?
This unit provides protection for central A/C and heat pump condensing units and their associated motors, controls, and components—both electronic and mechanical. You can put the protector inside the condenser or on the external AC disconnect. If you have had several power disturbances, there are even units that monitor themselves electronically to let you know if it is time for a replacement.
What is a power surge?
Power surges occur when something boosts the electrical charge at some point in the power lines. This switching creates sudden, brief demands for power, which upset the steady voltage flow in the electrical system.
A surge can happen from several causes. You may have high power devices that will spike your system when they turn on. There are several reasons a power surge might hit your home or work. For example, high-power electrical devices can create a spike in the electrical current when they switch on or when their motors kick on. Refrigerators, air conditioners, and even space heaters can cause a power surge strong enough to damage electrical systems.
Also, faulty wiring in the building can also cause a power surge. If you suspect surges, caused by a problem in the wiring of your home, you should talk to an electrician right away.
Another common cause of power surges is lightning strikes. The strike does not even need to be close by to cause problems. Just a lightning strike near a power line can cause problems. One single hit is powerful enough and is all that is necessary to take out the.
What about brownouts?
There are devices on the market that contain surge power protection and “under-voltage” protection all in one. The under-voltage, or brownout, is as dangerous for your electronics because a persistent low-voltage incident can damage the insulation system of every electric motor running in the building affected. The only electrically powered item that is safe during a brownout event is one that is unplugged.
There are many brands to choose from for shielding your AC system from damage due to power surges. Most you can install yourself or call an AC Technician to do it for you. Call ADD Air, Inc to schedule your maintenance today. (928) 768-9825