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Why Should You Have Surge Protection Installed?

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Power surges pose a significant threat to our electronic devices and electrical system as a whole. Understanding what power surges are, their causes, associated risks, and how to mitigate them is crucial for property owners aiming to protect their valuable equipment. In this short-read article brought to you by Mr. Electric, we will explore the world of power surges and how you can ensure the longevity and reliability of electronic devices.

Whether you need certified electricians to perform a whole house surge protection installation or a local electrician to come by for urgent assistance, the professionals at Mr. Electric are prepared. Call Mr. Electric to speak with a live member of our team today.

What Is a Power Surge?

A power surge is a sudden and brief increase in voltage that surpasses the standard level in an electrical circuit. These surges can occur due to various reasons, and their intensity can range from mild to severe. Power surges can wreak havoc on electronic devices, leading to irreversible damage and, in some cases, rendering them completely inoperable. They can even contribute to an electrical fire.

Causes of Power Surges

The first thing that comes to mind is probably lightning. It is also one of the most dramatic causes of power surges. When lightning strikes a power line or utility pole, it can send a surge of electricity through the wiring, affecting all connected devices.

If it’s not lightning, then it might be something going on at the power plant or on the power grid? Problems within the utility grid, such as equipment failure or sudden changes in power demand, can result in power surges. These surges can travel through power lines and affect connected properties.

Those were obvious, but the elusive causes of power surges are even closer. The on-off cycling of large appliances such as air conditioners and refrigerators can generate power surges within the home. The sudden demand for power when these appliances start can strain the electrical system, causing fluctuations.

Finally, there’s the issue of wiring. Poorly maintained or outdated wiring in a property can contribute to power surges. Over time, wear and tear on electrical systems may lead to loose connections or damaged wiring, facilitating the occurrence of surges.

Reducing the Risks of Power Surges

Investing in surge protection is a proactive and effective measure to defend electronic devices and property from the risks associated with power surges. Here are some other steps in reducing the threat of a power surge:

  1. Schedule regular electrical inspections to identify and address potential issues with the property's wiring. This proactive approach helps prevent power surges caused by faulty wiring.
  2. To minimize the risk of lightning-induced power surges, unplug electronic devices during thunderstorms.
  3. Consider upgrading outdated or faulty wiring to meet current safety standards. Modern wiring systems are designed to better withstand power fluctuations and provide enhanced protection against surges.

If you prefer to enjoy a peace of mind without carrying around a checklist, then install whole-house surge protectors at the main electrical panel. These devices act as a first line of defense, diverting excess voltage away from the home's wiring and appliances.

Call Mr. Electric if you’d like to hire a certified electrician or team of electricians. Our uniformed professionals have the experience, expertise, and equipment to get the job done right the first time around.

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