The state of Florida has the dubious honor of being called ‘the lightning capitol of the U.S.’ Its warm temperatures and abundance of water – the very things that make it a great place to live – are what generate thunder and lightning storms.
If lightning directly strikes your air conditioning system there is little you could have done to stop it. But you are not completely powerless to mitigate problems.
Follow these four steps to help prevent your air conditioning system from the potentially destructive power surges that may follow.
- Use surge suppressors: Since they are designed to protect electrical devices from voltage spikes, be sure to have a high-rated surge suppressor in between your AC and its electrical outlet. It is a good idea to follow suit for all your appliances.
- Step it up with panel-mounted surge protection: Surge protection at the source is intended to reduce damage to your home’s electrical gateway. This investment can save not just appliances, but also your home’s wiring, from the problems a lightning strike can cause.
- Turn it off: If you know a storm is on the way you might want to turn your air conditioner off completely. If there is no power moving into the unit, there is less chance that when lighting strikes it will cause any serious damage to the system, compared to if the unit was on. Turning your AC off at the thermostat is one way to do this. Alternatively, you can shut off the electrical circuit to the entire AC system.
- Follow up after a storm with an AC inspection: Lightning-caused damage is not always immediately evident so don’t wait too long before having your air conditioning system inspected by a professional technician. Call the experts at Custom Climate Concepts at 941-955-COOL (2665) promptly to schedule an appointment.