It takes less than a second for a power surge to damage your devices. This sudden spike in energy can destroy your laptop, computer, television, and so on. While you’re powerless against power surges caused by the weather, you can reduce the risk of your things getting fried.
There are several reasons why a power surge can happen:
Power surges last less than a second, but they can still cause serious damage. During a power surge, the electrical current skyrockets. Since electrical appliances and electronic devices aren’t designed to handle such a high voltage, a power surge can permanently damage their components.
“Small” power surges shouldn’t be underestimated, either. They can accumulate over time. For example, if your hairdryer causes a power surge each time you plug it in, eventually, it will damage the device for good.
Unplug everything electrical. Protect your expensive PlayStation from a power surge by unplugging it, along with other electronic devices, during a storm. It’s the easiest way to protect your possessions from being fried.
Inspect your wiring. If you have outdated wiring, there’s a greater chance that it will cause a power surge. If you live in an older home, you may want to have your wiring inspected every three years or so. If you live in a newer home, you can arrange an inspection with a licensed electrician once every ten years.
Install a surge protector. Surge protectors stop excess energy from reaching your devices during a power surge. You should plug your sensitive electronics (e.g. computers, laptops, and televisions) into a surge protector to avoid damage. You should also invest in a whole-home surge protector. It’s similar to surge protectors for small devices, the main difference being that it’s installed on your breaker box. This way, you don’t have to install surge protectors on every outlet. As the name suggests, it protects the whole home. It should always be installed by a licensed electrician, such as Beeson Mechanical Service.
Don’t overburden your outlets. Avoid plugging multiple devices into a single power strip or extension cord. Instead, distribute your appliances. For example, use one outlet for the television, and one another for the computer.
If you’re concerned that your home isn’t “surge-proof”, you should contact a licensed electrician, such as Beeson Mechanical Service at 317-535-9338. They can pinpoint problem areas and suggest how you can save your devices from being damaged during a power surge.