If it prevents the HVAC system from dying an early death, it’s worth the extra fees in my mind
I never thought I would need a storm generator, let alone one strong enough to power several large appliances at once. My state gets storms throughout the year, but my community has a great electrical infrastructure. I rarely lose power for longer than a few seconds in the rare instances when that actually happens. Many of us assumed that we would be safe from these factors in the future, but the reality is different. The storms hitting us are getting stronger and more frequent, leading to longer power outages. But it’s not just loss of power, we’re also experiencing power surges from the electrical lines running into our homes. Recently the house was hit with a power surge that made the lights extremely bright for a few seconds. Immediately afterward the HVAC condenser outside started to make a loud noise that sounded like metal grinding on metal. I turned off the entire system at once to get it to stop and to protect my compressor. When I turned the air conditioner back on about an hour later, the sound had stopped. I called my HVAC supplier the next day and they offered to sell me a surge protector for my HVAC system. This will protect the system in the event that the house gets overloaded with electricity during a potential power surge. It was a cost I wasn’t expecting to incur, but I paid for it anyway. If it prevents the HVAC system from dying an early death, it’s worth the extra fees in my mind. I can’t afford to lose my air conditioner anytime soon.