There are many things that can damage your air conditioner but, like a rogue Jedi, electricity can do the most damage the fastest through sudden and uncontrolled power surges. Here's more information about this problem, and what you can to fix it.
Internal and External Power Surges
Power surges occur when there is a sudden increase in the amount of electricity running through the electrical system in your home, and they can be caused by both internal and external issues. Lightning, black outs, and damage to the electrical grid are common sources of external power surges. However, these electrical disturbances are most often internal, resulting from faulty wiring and even electronic devices suddenly shutting off and causing the electricity they were drawing to be abruptly redirected to other places.
Regardless of the source, your air conditioner contains sensitive electronics that can be immeasurably damaged either immediately or over time by power surges. It doesn't help that these appliances routinely suffer from internal electrical surges whenever they turn on. Each time the A/C unit engages, it draws a lot of energy to power on, an energy that must immediately be abated by electrodes in the machine. Over time, these electrodes wear out and may cease to do their job, increasing the risk of damage to the entire system.
Air Conditioners Can Hurt Other Appliances Too
As noted previously, internal power surges can be caused by devices that were drawing power suddenly shutting off. Air conditioners, therefore, can be a major source of power surges in homes because they cycle on and off multiple times per hour whenever they're in use. This, in turn, can lead to damage to other electronic devices and appliances as they absorb the excess power that was suddenly discarded by the A/C unit.
However, protecting your air conditioner and all the other devices in your home is as easy as installing both points of use and whole house surge protectors. A point of use protector regulates the flow of electricity going to and from individual appliances, while a whole house product protects the home from external disturbances in the flow of electricity. Both of these products can save you thousands of dollars in repair and replacement costs.
Unfortunately, there really isn't anything you can do to prevent the power surges that occur within your air conditioner unit. The best thing you can do is have the appliance inspected on a regular basis and have the regulating electrodes replaced as soon as they start deteriorating. This will prevent more extensive damage to the other internal parts of your machine.
For more information about this issue or to have a problem with your A/C unit caused by power surges repaired, contact a local air conditioning contractor like Cape Fear Air Conditioning & Heating Co., Inc.Share
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