Thursday, June 6, 2013

What you should know about power surges

A power surge is a brief but sharp increase of electricity that can enter your home and damage your appliances and electronic equipment.

A power surge occurs on the system when higher voltage makes contact with a lower-voltage line. Power surges can be caused by:

  • Immediate or cumulative damage to the system as a result of inclement weather – wind, rain, snow or lightning.
  • Third-party involvement – car striking utility pole.
  • Equipment failure – breakdown within distribution system.

  • Power surges are rare, but they do occur. One way to protect yourself from a power surge is to install a whole-house surge protector. Contact an electrician to discuss installation costs and other details.

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