The Compressor Defender™ from Intermatic® provides easy to install protection for your outside AC unit!
Raise your hand if you’ve ever been “very” close to a lightning strike. I sure have! I was raised and still live in the lightning hotbed of the Florida Gulf Coast. The Lightning is everywhere here, and I’m not just talking hockey.
So for me, the concept of surge protection hits close to home. I’ve personally lost a big screen TV and when I specialized in insurance restoration work I can’t tell you how many houses I repaired that had suffered direct hits. Sometimes, giant sections of drywall literally blew off the wall!
Lightning is very dangerous to electrical equipment, but it’s not the only electrical danger homeowners should watch out for. Power surges don’t only come from lightning strikes. They’re also caused by utility providers restoring the power after an outage or even switching power sources to your local power grid. Surprisingly, even some of the appliances in your house can cause a power surge when they kick on.
No matter where they come from, power surges are a problem for air conditioning units and other appliances which rely on a clean and even supply of electricity to operate properly. In fact, some sensitive components are kind of like Goldilocks when it comes to power. Too much is a problem, too little is a problem (brownouts, short cycling)… they want it to be just right.
Thankfully, for most indoor appliances it’s been an easy fix for quite some time. Surge protection and UPS (uninterruptable power source) units are commonplace and comparatively inexpensive considering the value of the items they usually protect. With the average homeowner’s insurance deductible increasing to much larger numbers like $2,000.00 or $5,000.00 it’s well worth it to protect expensive devices.
What hasn’t been nearly as easy is to provide surge, brownout, and short-cycle protection to appliances that live outdoors in the weather, such as air conditioner or heat pump condensing units (the outside unit with the big fan on top). Since these are hard-wired, usually to a 220V circuit, you can’t just run out there and plug in a surge protector.
But now, thanks to The Compressor Defender™ from Intermatic®, your licensed electrician or HVAC technician can do, pretty much, just that!
I recently spent a few minutes (literally, it just took a few minutes) watching Chris from McWilliams & Son AC and Electric install a Compressor Defender on one of my remodeling projects in the Tampa Bay Area. It was so quick and easy and when he was done the solid green LED let us know that the protection was active and working. Perfect!
While installation was only a few steps, you’re dealing with pretty high voltage electricity here so I’d leave it to the pros (I did). But since the installation is straightforward, the install cost won’t be bad. To keep the cost to a minimum, have the Compressor Defender™ installed in conjunction with other work such as having your air handler coils cleaned or some electrical work done. Either an electrician or an HVAC tech would be qualified to do the install.
Given the cost of a new condensing unit usually runs around $2,000.00 give or take it’s worth spending a little to protect it. In some areas the building code won’t even let you replace the outside unit alone, requiring a “matched component” system.
If you own a home and currently don’t have surge or brownout protection for your outside unit, you might want to take a few minutes to learn about the Compressor Defender™ at the Intermatic® website. The Compressor Defender™ is available at select Lowe’s® stores and online.
Do you have an interesting power surge story to share? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Intermatic. The opinions and text are all mine.