Surge Protection / Surge Protector Installation
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A power surge can be caused by a variety of reasons - but the most common one is the operation of heavy-duty electrical devices like refrigerators, stoves, and air conditioners.
Other reasons why a surge may happen are:
- Faulty wiring
- Problems with utility companies components like transformers and lines
- Downed power lines
- Lightning strikes
Whatever the cause for the surge is, the result itself is always the same:
A sudden spike in voltage that overheats and burns the wiring.
And without proper surge protection, you risk damaging your home appliances and devices.
What Is A Surge Protector?
In simple terms, a surge protector is an appliance or device that protects other electrical devices from voltage spikes in alternating current circuits. It works by passing the electrical current from the electrical outlet to the devices plugged into the strip.
When a sudden spike or surge happens, the protector redirects the “extra” electricity into the grounding wire inside the power strip.
To learn more about surge protective devices click here.
Types Of Surge Protectors
There are two types of surge protectors - consumer and whole-house surge protectors.
Consumer surge protectors look like big outlets, and they’re pretty inexpensive. Although many people choose them as protectors, they are not 100% effective - and they need to be replaced after a power surge.
The better option is a whole-house surge protector since it offers maximum protection against sudden voltage spikes.
Keep in mind that whole-house surge protection installation has to be performed by a licensed electrician. We’re an industry-leading, fully licensed, insured electrical contractor company that can do that for you.
If you have any further questions - or want to hire our services - feel free to give us a call.
To watch a video about surge protectors and how they work click here.