Coldair Air Conditioning & Heating Blog
It’s the time of year when Texas residents buckle down and prepare for rain, severe thunderstorms, crazy strong winds, lightening, thunder, and flying debris. You already know to unplug your computer, television and other electronic devices when severe weather strikes, but how do you protect your HVAC System? Severe weather is responsible for the destruction of thousands of HVAC units each year. In crazy Texas weather, there are two ways to protect your air conditioning system: Time Delay Mechanisms and Hail Guards.
As we work with homeowners, property owners and businesses on a daily basis we believe the best protection is preventative in nature. We’ll talk about Hail Guards in another blog post, but today, we are going to focus on protecting the electrical components of your condensing unit.
Protection from Power Outages
Richard says nothing will protect your air conditioner from a power surge that hits within yards of your property. However, you CAN protect your unit from power outages.
When the power is going off and on, a time delay allows your unit the opportunity for the pressure in your system to equalize. You see, your unit is running on two different pressures, when the unit is pumping it has a much higher pressure called the liquid line and a much lower pressure called the suction line. When the power goes out, the unit turns off and the pump stops. When the power comes back on again it tries to start in midstream and will end up jamming. Your unit will work fine many times, but that one time out of a hundred, your unit will break down completely.
So, Do I have a Time Delay?
How old is your unit?
Still not sure if your system has a time delay?
What Do I Do Now?
If you have discovered you do not have a time delay mechanism in your air conditioning system, talk to your trusted HVAC technician. They can get one installed on your unit during your next routine maintenance check-up.
If you have an old mercury thermostat and have been thinking about upgrading to a digital thermostat, there are a lot of options out there and your technician can help you choose the right one for your lifestyle WITH a time delay already programmed in.
If you have a time delay switch already installed, great! You are ahead of the curve by proactively protecting your air conditioning system. The next step is to make sure your unit is checked twice a year for safety and efficient operations. How long would you go without getting an oil change in your car? The HVAC system in your home or office is a machine that needs regular maintenance to keep it operating safely, efficiently and long-term.
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