Electricity is one of the most important components of any home or commercial building. However, when electricity bursts in short, fast, and powerful quantities, it can be dangerous to your home’s equipment. When these bursts happen, they’re called power surges.
Are you doing everything you can to protect the electrical systems in your Myrtle Beach, SC home? If you don’t have a whole-house surge protector installed, you could be putting your household appliances and electronic devices and the home or business occupants at risk. Here’s everything you need to know about surge protectors, and how the electricians at Swift Services can help.
What Is a Power Surge?
A power surge is a fast but short burst of electrical transients in currents, transferring energy or voltage of electricity. An electric surge is an unexpected oversupply in voltage or energy 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 your Myrtle Beach, SC home. When this happens, it may lead to an abrupt power surge.
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 cause an overload of your Myrtle Beach, SC 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 electric power surges can occur up to five times per day. These small surges will slowly damage your wires and appliances. You might not notice the damage immediately, so it can be difficult to know if this is happening to any of your electrical equipment.
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. Even a fluctuation of 5 to 10 volts can be devastating to those electric devices. With the installation of a whole-house surge protector, you’ll ensure that your electrical equipment is safe from electric fluctuation and prevent your expensive equipment from frying.
Surge protection is key to keeping your electrical equipment safe from power surges. A large power surge, mostly caused by lightning, could fry most of your electronic devices and melt the metal and plastic components. Smaller electric power surges usually reduce the functionality of devices or blow fuses. Prevent your equipment from overloading and contact us today to see how our electricians can help through the installation of a whole-house surge protector system.
How Can I Protect Myself from Surges?
Swift Services‘ surge protection plan guarantees that your equipment will get protected from damages caused by power surges. Our Myrtle Beach area technicians can confirm your ground protection and develop a plan to provide surge protection to your wiring from power fluctuations.
You can provide surge protection to 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 that you might 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
- Equipment 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 equipment.
- Your Myrtle Beach area home is older and uses a fuse block or split-bus panel, both of which lack main breakers.
If you’ve noticed any of these issues with your electrical panel, call or contact us online as soon as possible to replace it with a new one.
Call Swift Services
Whole-house surge protector systems are becoming more popular in homes everywhere as homeowners are realizing the importance of providing their home appliances with surge protection from dangerous and sudden electrical surges. To ensure that your home’s electrical appliances are protected from any unexpected electric power surges, get in contact with Swift Services today.
Our team of electricians provides whole-house electrical surge protectors to protect your Myrtle Beach, SC home from the damage of power surges. Contact us as soon as possible to see how we can help to provide your home or business with a whole-house surge protector system.