Buying and Installing A Heavy Duty Surge Protector For HVAC in Mesa
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Just like any other expensive electrical appliance, it’s always a good idea to protect an HVAC system with some sort of electrical protection. And quite often, Arizona homeowners rely on heavy duty surge protectors to protect their complete home heating and cooling systems. But what should you look for in a heavy duty surge protector – and what important attributes should a quality system contain?
6 Things To Look For In A Heavy-Duty Surge Protector
#1 – UL Clamping Voltage Rating
Underwriters Laboratories (also known as UL) is a reliable source of rating all electronic devices, especially surge protectors that are designed to protect them. When you look at a UL-rating for surge protectors, the lower the number the better protection. It’s suggested that if you buy any heavy duty surge protector that the unit be rated to the UL 500-amp tests. You’ll know an item is UL approved by the UL circled logo being displayed on packaging.
#2 – Three-line Protection Surge Protector
A commonly misunderstood fact about surges is that they can occur between all three types of electrical sources; hot, neutral and ground lines. This is why it’s recommended that any surge protector you buy that is heavy duty in nature be protected for all three lines of power.
#3 – Make Sure It has a Circuit Breaker
The circuit breaker will stop the flow of electricity when the circuit is overloaded when it is not related to spikes or surges in the power supply. Make sure that if you purchase a heavy duty surge protector that it has a circuit breaker on the actual unit as well.
#4 – Check out the Response Time and Ground Indicator Ratings
Ground indicator light shows that the ground path is currently active and is designed to provide additional safety. The response time rating will show you how quickly the unit will react. As with most ratings the quicker the response the better the overall rating for the unit will be.
#5 – Make sure it has Power Shut-Down Protection
This is a unique feature to many heavy-duty surge protectors. The power shut down protector will shut off power to all outlets once the surge protector has reached full capacity. This prevents additional power surges or spikes of power to damage the HVAC equipment in case the surge protector fails.
#6 – Check the Joule Ratings
A ‘joule’ is a unit of measuring energy. The joule rating on a high voltage surge protector will indicate how much energy that product can absorb. Generally speaking, the higher the joule rating the better the system will protect an HVAC system. So check the joule ratings on any heavy duty surge protector you intend on purchasing.
Finally, they say that a guarantee is only as good as the cardboard that the package is manufactured out of. However, in this case, it’s a good idea to buy a high quality surge protector that does have a guarantee from a dependable retail source that will exchange the unit if it has issues.
It’s always recommended to contact a professional HVAC installation company to verify that the installation of a heavy duty surge protector is done right the first time. If you have any questions about whether or not you should consider installing a surge protector to keep your HVAC system running strong, contact Air and Water Factor Cooling, Heating and Plumbing — your leading HVAC service professional in Mesa, Gilbert, Chandler, Tempe, Scottsdale and all of the East Valley of Phoenix.
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