Why Power Surges Happen and How to Prevent Them

Why Power Surges Happen and How to Prevent Them
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Why Power Surges Happen and How to Prevent Them

01-24-2020
Fire & Ice Team

Depending on your age, there's a good chance you never heard of power surges and surge, protectors when you were growing up. Not too many years ago homes didn't have delicate electronic devices like computers, microwave ovens, and 80-inch televisions. Today's homes are filled with these devices and power surges can damage any or all of them.

What is a power surge?

In simple terms, an electrical power surge is a spike in voltage either coming into your Columbus, OH home or created within the home's electrical system. The first thing most people think about is lightning. While nearby lightning strikes can cause powerful and damaging power surges, they are also quite rare. More common sources of an electrical power surge include:

  • Faulty wiring in the home
  • Overloaded circuits
  • Problems in the electrical grid & the power supply system
  • Downed power lines

You should be resigned to the fact that electrical power surges are an unavoidable occurrence. It's also a mistake to focus only on catastrophic events that literally "blow up" electronic devices. Smaller surges can and do happen regularly. You may not even notice them, but over time these so-called small events can also damage your devices and cause them to fail prematurely. The best advice is to protect your home.

Surge protection

Whenever possible, electronic devices should have surge protection. Most commonly this is similar to an outlet strip, but also has a protection device built into them. When the voltage spikes to a certain level, the power is instantly turned off before damage can occur.

An important warning

No matter how many plugin electrical power surge protectors you have in your home, they do not protect your heating and cooling equipment. To make matters worse, manufacturer warranties do NOT cover damage caused by voltage spikes. A nearby lightning strike could cause thousands of dollars in damage. Repairs you will either have to pay for or be forced to file a claim on your homeowner's insurance.

We can help

Fire & Ice Heating & Air Conditioning features a line of power surge protectors that are specifically designed to protect the HVAC systems in your Columbus, OH home. Call now to learn more or schedule an appointment. This is just one of the many ways we can help you protect your home. Follow us on Facebook for more great information like this.

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