A surge protection device is designed to protect electrical appliances from power surges (voltage spikes) that may occur from power outages, short circuits, lightning and many other unpredictable accidents and natural occurrences. The electrician will install this device at the meter or the main electrical panel in your home. Once it is fixed, the surge protector device will limit the amount of voltage that flows into your home to avoid sudden surges in electrical current. This device functions like a small outlet-level surge protector that can be used to protect an appliance or gadget inside a home.
A power surge is originated from outside of your home, during power grid switching and overvoltage on utility lines, or from inside your house when turning on and off large appliances. Even though the large power surges from sources like lightning and downed power lines are relatively uncommon, small power spikes occur every single day when the electrical system is used. These frequent small voltage spikes can deteriorate electronic systems and shorten their lifespans.
The following are the few sources of power surges:
Let’s take a look at some reasons why it is important to get a surge protector device installed in your house:
Electrical systems often trip or burn due to high or abrupt voltage functions. It poses severe threats to your family. You can reduce the risk of fire breakouts with the help of this device. Thus, you can ensure the safety of your family.
If you are frequently acquiring professional maintenance services for your electrical systems, then surge protectors is an ideal choice. This device prevents damages to appliances over their lifetime and therefore, helps you reduce maintenance cost.
The surge protectors are affordable, and they can be installed on the same day. Moreover, the installation process is easy, and it does not take too long when you hire an experienced electrician.
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Power surges occur in various degrees and for many different reasons. Some are much more harmful than others, but all eventually lead to long-lasting damage.
Caused mainly by external factors (most commonly a tree touching a power line or a lightning strike) large power surges can cause immediate damage. This unpredicted rise in power has the intensity to melt plastic and even metal, causing damage to your electrical circuit and its functionality.
Thankfully such power surges are not frequent. But the financial consequences when they do occur can often be high. If your home or office receives a large surge of power, most probably all the appliances that are plugged in at that time will be damaged.
Most power surges are internal – they occur within the home or workplace. They also happen many times throughout the day, most commonly when a device is turned on or off. This action diverts power from one device to another, causing an unpredicted change in direction that has the potential to cause damage. The most common appliances that cause internal power surges are refrigerators and air-conditioning units, however even the smallest appliances can create problems.
The effects of smaller power surges are less damaging initially (there is no immediate consequence), however they gradually rust away an electric circuit over a period of time, until the circuit eventually no longer functions. What most fail to realise, is that small power surges leave behind no evidence therefore we do not know they have occurred, until of course the electricity circuit shuts down completely.
At Gordon Powers Electrical, we have helped hundreds of homes and businesses across Sydney protect themselves against the financial consequences of a power surge. One of our team of highly trained and friendly electricians can safeguard your property in no time at all, so that you can have peace of mind that your property is safe.
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