Prevent Power Surges
A power surge is caused when the electrical current is too powerful for the system's limitations. This can occur for various reasons, including having too many electrical devices plugged in at once, a lightning strike, old or faulty electrical wiring, damaged power lines, or using the wrong voltage light bulbs.
A whole-house surge protector is a homeowner's best friend for keeping the house safe during power surges. These devices protect all of the home's electrical equipment from power surges. A whole-house surge protector is one of the best safety upgrades for homeowners' to invest in for their electrical system.
Why Are Power Surges Dangerous?
- Electrical fires
- Damaged electronics
- Property damage
One of the most common reasons for a power surge is lightning from a thunderstorm. When lightning strikes near the home, the surge of electricity can travel through the home's electrical system. When this occurs, there are a variety of hazards that can occur.
It is recommended to unplug sensitive devices such as laptops and smartphones during lightning storms in case of a thunderstorm because an electrical surge could damage electronics. A surge projector can help keep electronics safe from damage from power surges. A power surge could also permanently damage the breaker box and electrical system, requiring expensive and timely repairs.
Power surges are not just dangerous for electronics; they can also be the start of an electrical fire. Without adequate surge protection, a power surge can result in sparks that eventually light a fire. A house fire puts the entire surrounding community at risk.
Why You Should Install a Whole House Surge Protector
A whole-house surge protector is an excellent investment for homeowners. A whole-house surge protector prevents the power surge from entering the circuits.
A whole-home surge protector can be doubled up with outlet surge protectors. Surge protectors that plug into outlets can not protect the home hardware that is hard-wired directly into the system.
Hard-wired home electronics include washing machines, refrigerators, security systems, and more. A power surge could damage these expensive pieces of home hardware, but the homeowner's investments are protected with a surge protector.
When to Replace Old Surge Protectors
Whole-house surge protector replacement is recommended every two to five years. Homeowners should be looking for signs that their old surge protector needs to be replaced soon. An experienced electrician can repair whole-house surge protectors, but if the surge protector is outdated, it is best to replace it.
Most surge protectors come with a five-year manufacturer's warranty, but professional electricians recommend that homeowners replace their whole-house surge protectors every two years. The whole-house surge protector works hard to prevent house fires, property damage, and electrocution. The more use the surge protector gets to prevent surges, the faster it may wear out.
About Edison Electric, Inc.
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