Protecting Your AC Unit From Power Fluctuations

Electronics, in general, are susceptible to power surges and power outages. When you mention surge protection, people generally think about their TVs, computers, gaming consoles, and other electronics. But did you know that AC units are sensitive to power fluctuations as well? Like any other electronic in your home, your AC unit can be damaged, sometimes beyond repair, by large power surges. Not getting enough power can also be detrimental to your home’s air conditioner. But how can you prevent needing air conditioning repair? In today’s blog, our team at Boyd Brothers Services in Punta Gorda, we talk a little bit about how you can protect your AC unit from power fluctuations and ultimately needing air conditioning repair! Keep reading to learn more or contact us today to schedule your HVAC services.

Doesn’t My AC Unit Have A Built-In Surge Protector?

Yes, many AC units do come equipped with a built-in surge protector. However, our team at Boyd Brother’s Services knows that anyone can benefit from added protection, despite what the air conditioner manufacturer may say. If you are looking for the ultimate peace of mind and want to ensure your home stays cool and comfortable all summer long, additional protection is the way to go.

One solution is to install a compressor defender product. These products are specifically designed to protect your AC unit in the event of a power surge or reduction in power (also known as a “brownout”). On top of installing additional protection for your AC unit, it’s important to keep up with changing and cleaning filters along with other regular maintenance. Taking care of your unit through regular maintenance helps prevent the need for air conditioning repair and can help protect your unit from power surges and brownouts.

Want to learn more about compressor defender products we offer or schedule your air conditioning repair? Reach out to us at Boyd Brother’s Services in Punta Gorda today.

Keep an Eye on Voltage

Consistent power in the appropriate voltage range is crucial for the longevity and overall performance of your AC unit. Too little power for extended periods of time are often referred to as “brownouts.” Brownouts may not have a drastic and immediate impact on your unit. But don’t be fooled; having your AC unit operate with too low of voltage for extended periods of time isn’t without consequences. When these conditions exist, the motor will pull more current than normal, resulting in a significant rise in temperature. Air conditioning units that operate at temperatures higher than normal are at increased risk for damage. Not to mention that, if left unchecked, it could significantly reduce the overall lifespan of your air conditioner.

Products like the internal compressor defender are constantly monitoring voltage and act quickly when too much or too little power is detected. In fact, these types of products react fast enough to prevent damage before the temperatures rise to unsafe temperatures. With rolling blackouts and power grid issues becoming more and more common, many people are choosing to implement these devices to prevent having to have air conditioning repair done.

Consider A Surge Protector

Power surges are more serious than brownout or blackout conditions. They can cause immediate and irreparable damage to your AC unit in the blink of an eye. Much like televisions and computers, air conditioners are very sensitive to power surges. That’s why our team at Boyd Brother’s Services highly recommends surge protection devices for your AC unit. Most surge protectors have an internal component that absorbs the electric strike in the event of a power surge, leaving your system undamaged. Surge protectors shield your air conditioner from harm and act as a safety net between it and power fluctuations. This enables your AC unit to keep on doing its job without any issues all summer long. It’s also worth mentioning that many surge protectors made for air conditioners are also effective at protecting against brownout conditions, blackout conditions, and short cycling.

Call Boyd Brothers Services

Surge protectors and other safety devices that protect your air conditioning unit are generally very quick and easy to install. Some people may choose to try to install them themselves, but you should know, our team at Boyd Brothers Services in Punta Gorda is always happy to help! We can recommend the best options for protecting your AC unit against surges, blackouts, brownouts, and more and help you with quick installation. If you are interested in avoiding costly air conditioning repairs, air conditioning replacements, and protecting your AC unit from power fluctuations, be sure to contact our team at Boyd Brothers Services in Punta Gorda today! We are an HVAC company with years of experience serving Punta Gorda and the surrounding areas. When you work with us, you can be confident that we will get the job done right the first time and only offer you services we believe you will truly benefit from.