Had a new boiler put in, it has a lot of electronics (outdoor reset, controls etc) and is hard wired to the breaker box with no protection against power surges. I read the manual cover to cover and there's no mention of it. Should a new boiler have protection?
I was thinking of cutting into power box that feeds it and adding a conventional power cord and a good surge strip. Probably against code, but should I?
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posted: May. 12, 2012 @ 3:01p
I'm not an expert but when I had some maintenance done on my Gas forced air furnace I had the technician install a Supco SCM150 directly at the device. I didn't want to mess with a large enough surge protector/Power strip. Plus being installed they will warranty it for me. The link is just to Amazon but the manufacturer has good info on the device.
Good Luck. Rick
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posted: May. 12, 2012 @ 3:46p
oldgrump said: I was thinking of cutting into power box that feeds it and adding a conventional power cord and a good surge strip. Probably against code, but should I?I wouldn't do that. Instead do what Rick505 said and install a whole house surge protector.
Sometimes the electronics has decent surge protection built into it. For example, our old Stanley garage door opener had 3 sets of MOVs, just like a decent power strip surge protector, but our Sears/Chamberlain/Liftmaster openers have only a single MOV.
posted: May. 28, 2012 @ 7:11p
The whole house surge instruction say to use surge strips as well, in conjunction! So should I unhardwire it so I can plug the new boiler in??
Link may not work but this got this one at Home Depot: Eaton Complete Home Surge Protection
oldgrump said: The whole house surge instruction say to use surge strips as well, in conjunction! So should I unhardwire it so I can plug the new boiler in??Surge strips can help more, but surge strips alone won't be as good as a whole house protector alone. But if you install a whole house protector, it's probably better to just keep the direct breaker box connection you already have for the boiler because it's also more direct to the surge protection that way.
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