What Is an Electrical Power Surge?

What Is an Electrical Power Surge?
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What Is an Electrical Power Surge?

10-25-2019
Fire & Ice Team

In simple terms a power surge is a spike in voltage either coming into your Columbus, OH home or within the home's electrical system. Since this is the 21st century, your house is filled with more and more sensitive electrical devices. The last thing you want to think about is having to replace some or many of them. It sounds like an expensive proposition doesn't it? Fire & Ice Heating & Air Conditioning wants to make sure your home is protected because power surges happen all the time. Let's talk about some of the leading causes.

1 - Overloads

It can happen in every house, someone who's guilty of plugging multiple devices into one outlet by using power strips and extension cords. This can cause power surges. It can also happen with overloaded circuits in your Columbus, OH home. This is a case where you likely need the help of an electrician to calculate the load on the circuit or install a new circuit for additional outlets.

2 - Damaged wiring

Damaged or bare wires are another common culprit. The insulation may have been damaged when it was installed. Critters are also notorious for chewing away the insulation on electrical wiring.

3 - Lightning

A lightning strike anywhere near a power-line can send a dangerous power surge into your home. Trust us, delicate electronic equipment does not like lightning.

4 - Major appliances

Things like freezers, refrigerators, and air conditioners can cause power surges. Because they draw so much power the electricity can spill over into other circuits. This is when you may notice the lights briefly flickering.

5 - Power outages

You are right. Technically a power outage doesn't cause a power surge. The problem is when the power comes back on. The sudden burst of electricity can send excess energy into your home. When the power goes out, it's a good idea to turn off as many devices as possible so they are not hit by a surge when the electricity comes back on.

Many homeowners are already using individual surge protection on many electronic devices, but what have you done to protect your valuable heating and cooling systems? If the answer is nothing then Columbus, we have a problem.

Warranty warning

HVAC manufacturer warranties do not cover damage caused by power surges. In some cases, homeowners insurance might cover the damage, but it's often tough to prove the claim because the damage can happen over a period of time. In other words, a lightning strike could leave you holding the bag for some very expensive HVAC repairs. The best solution is to have Fire & Ice install surge protection dedicated solely to protecting your air conditioner, heat pump, furnace or air handler.

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If you still have questions about power surges and surge protection, call us now. Fire & Ice Heating & Air Conditioning has just one business goal and that is to earn your trust. Be sure to follow us on Facebook for more great information.

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