Guard Against Power Surges

Whole House Surge Protectors

Surge protectors are vital in most homes and offices today due to the volume and value of electronic equipment. A power surge can damage computers, wireless routers, televisions, appliances, and well pumps. A power surge can come into a home through any wire, including antenna lines, telephone wires and television cable lines. One surge is all it takes to damage your equipment.

Having the right surge protection is imperative to protecting your equipment. Fall River Electric suggests you contact a local electrician to not only determine the best whole house protector for your property but also to have it installed properly.

Why worry about unexpected power surges ever again? Permanently protect all of your appliances!

More Protection From Power Surges

  • Purchase a coax surge protection device: Power surges follow the path of least resistance. A Whole House Surge Protector should only be your first step. You should also consider purchasing a coax surge device to guard your telephone, television and cable system from power surges.

  • Purchase a Point of Use surge device: Most power surges originate within the home, and a Whole House Surge Protector cannot protect against these surges. Over time, these small surges can reduce the life of your electronic equipment. Point of Use surge devices, like surge strips, can guard against this damage. Point of Use surge devices also supply the second line of protection from large power surges – like lightening – by further reducing the surge to an acceptable level for the sensitive electronic devices connected to them.

Power Surge Facts

  • A surge occurs when power line voltage goes higher than ordinary, and stays there longer than 10 milliseconds.

  • As much as 60 percent of surges originate within your home when devices with motors – hair dryers, refrigerators, water pumps – shut off. Suddenly the energy these devices consumed is diverted elsewhere in the form of excess voltage.

  • The other 40 percent of power surges are caused by thunderstorms, lightening, or from power lines hitting each other (line slapping). Though much less common, power surges from lightening can have the most damaging effects.

  • Any electronic device that contains a microprocessor is susceptible to damage from power surges, even when that equipment is on, but idle.

  • Surge protectors work by absorbing some of the electrical surge and diverting the rest to ground. The top brands use sophisticated components that allow them to react quickly (surges often last just millionths of a second) yet endure high voltages. Surge suppressors are not lightening arresters. They may not survive direct lightening strikes or sustained line over-voltages.

Using Point of Use Surge Devices Correctly

  • Ensure the outlet that the surge suppressor is plugged into is properly wired, with a good ground.

  • Check your surge suppressor regularly to make sure it is working.

  • Coordinate the clamping voltage with other surge suppressors at the service entrance and in the equipment.

  • Do not plug a surge suppressor into an extension cord.

  • Do not plug one surge suppressor into another one.

  • Do not use a surge suppressor if it smells hot or burned.

  • Do not plug a surge suppressor into a circuit protected by a ground fault current interrupter (GFCI).

  • You can further protect your appliances by making sure all the appliances you use on the same electrical circuit are compatible. For example, do not use your hair dryer on the same breaker or circuit as your personal computer. Because computers are so sensitive, you might want to reserve a circuit just for the computer.