Are you doing everything you can to protect the electrical systems in your home? If you don’t have a surge protector installed, you could be putting your household appliances and electronic devices and the home occupants at risk. Here’s everything you need to know about surge protectors.
What Is a Power Surge?
A power surge is a fast but short burst of electrical transients in currents, transferring energy or voltage. A surge is an unexpected oversupply in voltage that affects the electrical circuit. When this happens, it may damage or destroy electrical appliances and devices.
A power surge can occur for several reasons:
Power Outages Caused by Storms or Weather Issues
Severe storms can lead to a disruption of the electrical currents running in and throughout the home. When this happens, it may lead to abrupt surges in voltage.
Downed Power Lines from Accidents or Collisions
If a vehicle or any other object hits the power lines, it can cause the breaker to unleash a massive volt of electricity. This voltage can overload your home’s circuitry and destroy your devices or appliances.
Lightning hitting a breaker, power line or house leads to a surplus of electricity. It overwhelms the circuits and can be harmful to the appliances and the occupants of the house.
Smaller, Daily Surges
Smaller surges can occur up to five times per day. These small surges will slowly damage your wires and appliances.
Why Should I Be Concerned About Surges?
Machines that contain microprocessors – such as TV, computers, washing machines, microwaves and dishwashers – are vulnerable to surges. They may sustain permanent damage from the least amount of voltage surges. Even a fluctuation of 5 to 10 volts can be devastating.
Large surges, mostly caused by lightning, can fry most of your electronic devices and melt the metal and plastic components. Smaller surges usually reduce the functionality of devices or blow fuses.
How Can I Protect Myself from Surges?
Swift Services‘ surge protection plan guarantees protection of your appliances from damages caused by power surges. Our technicians can confirm your ground protection and develop a plan to protect your wiring from power fluctuations.
You can protect multiple appliances in your house using the unique surge protection system, including:
- Sump pumps
- Garage door opener
Checking Your Electrical Panel
Your electrical panel needs regular check-ups, especially if it is older than 25 years. Here are a few signs you may need to replace your electric panel:
- Crackling sounds from the electrical panel
- Corrosion and rust from circuit breakers
- Heat/warmth from the interior of the panels
- Appliances running at less than full power
- Outlets near water sources
- A constant need for extension cords
- If your home has 60-amp or 100-amp service, it can’t support some appliances.
- Your home is older and uses a fuse block or split-bus panel, both of which lack main breakers.