An electrical surge is a sudden increase in power that flows through the wires of your home or business. Surges can cause damage to computers, phones, entertainment systems, microwaves, stoves, fridges, washers – any device that has electronic components such as sensors and timers. Today, that’s most appliances. A Whole House Surge Protection can save your appliances, electronic devices and save you thousands of dollars in damage. Damage due to surges is not new. It’s always been the case that if the electric utility accidentally sent a surge of electricity through your wires, it could damage your electronics and appliances. However, today’s appliances with their electronic components are more sensitive. Smaller, more routine surges, can damage them. This is the reason that many people protect their computers with power strip surge protectors.
When Do Surges Occur? When power resumes after an outage or anytime the power from the electric utility company fluctuates, a surge can flow through your wiring. Surges can also occur when appliances in your home turn on and off. Surges also occur due to lighting or the high voltage electrical lines coming in contact.
How Can I Protect My Family’s or Business’s Electronics? It’s routine to provide computers with surge protectors (also called “surge suppressors“). Do this work? It depends. If your electrical system is grounded, if both the surge protector and computer are plugged in with three-pronged plugs, and if the surge protector is high quality, it can offer protection. However, power strip surge protectors vary dramatically in quality. Some are effective while others offer little or no protection. Surge protectors work only if your electrical system is grounded, so it’s also important to have an electrician check your electrical system for grounding. It is required to determine that your entire electrical system is grounded properly for surge protection to work effectively. You can protect your home or office and possibly save thousands or even tens of thousands of dollars in damage by installing a Whole House Surge Protector which only starts at $199. If you would like a free consultation regarding Whole House Surge Protection, please call our Tampa Electrician at Team Electric