Surge protectors have long been commonplace for household electronics such as televisions, computers, and stereos. What you may not realize, though, is that anything in your Springfield home that operates on electricity can suffer from an electrical surge. Unfortunately, this includes your air conditioner, which would make quite an expensive accident if a surge should strike. Fortunately, you can install a surge protector that is specifically designed for your air conditioner to help prevent damage from occurring. Here are a few reasons why taking this step is so important.
Protects Against Major Surge Events
When most people think of a power surge, they think of a sudden influx of electricity. To be sure, this is how many power surges occur. Sometimes, a power surge can be caused by a nearby lightning strike. In other cases, a surge may be due to an issue with the local electrical grid.
In any case, a surge that comes into your home will look for the path of least resistance. If every other appliance except for your air conditioner is protected, then your air conditioner will be the appliance that is hit. This could render your air conditioner in need of major repairs by Jco Heating A/C Electrical or, in some cases, total replacement. If you have a surge protector installed, though, the surge will be stopped before it can damage the crucial circuitry that allows your air conditioner to operate properly.
Protects Against Normal Power Shifts
Unless you’re incredibly lucky, the power that is coming into your home isn’t “clean.” In other words, it doesn’t come into your home at an even voltage at all times. As peaks and valleys in demand take place throughout the day, it can affect the power grid to the point that varying amounts of power are delivered to your air conditioner.
This can even occur on a hyper-local level if your main electrical feed isn’t large enough for your home’s needs. If your home is underpowered, then even something as simple as your refrigerator kicking on while your air conditioner from Jco Heating A/C Electrical is running can cause a reduction in power that can cause your air conditioner to run irregularly. Over time, these small variations in power that occur without a surge protector can wear out your air conditioner prematurely.
Alerts You to Possible Problems
Since surge protectors can detect the amount of power that’s flowing through them, they can be useful in alerting you to potential problems with your electrical system. The best surge protectors feature a digital display of the current power supply that they’re handling.
By observing this display from time to time, you can easily notice any unusual activity in the power feed for your air conditioner. While some power variations are normal, if you notice an unusual amount of fluctuations or you notice that the fluctuations are unusually extreme, it may indicate a problem with your home’s electrical system that will need to be addressed by an electrician.
Choice of Local or Whole-Home
When thinking through the benefits of surge protectors in Springfield, it’s important to note that you have two main options when it comes to protecting your air conditioner from Jco Heating A/C Electrical. You can opt for a localized surge protector that protects your compressor and blower fan, or you can opt for a whole-home surge protector that provides protection for all of the electrical appliances in your home. While localized surge protectors are generally less expensive to install, whole-home surge protectors can give you the extra peace of mind that you need as you install new appliances throughout your home.
Your Air Conditioner Experts
At Jco Heating A/C Electrical, we understand that your air conditioner doesn’t operate in isolation. Instead, it operates in the context of your home, meaning that it needs to be designed to handle the challenges that this entails. That’s why we go the extra mile to ensure that your air conditioner is properly installed, maintained, and repaired so that it lasts as long as possible.
We are also equipped to handle any furnace maintenance, repair, or installation needs that you may have. If you’d prefer to install a ductless system, we offer great options that can keep you comfortable for a fraction of the price of a whole-home system. In addition, we can take care of a variety of commercial heating and cooling needs around the Springfield area.
Since our founding more than 15 years ago, we have maintained our commitment to honesty and integrity. These commitments have earned us an Angie’s List Super Service Award, not to mention our numerous five-star customer reviews. If you need assistance with your air conditioner, feel free to contact family-owned Jco Heating A/C Electrical today.