- 1 What is a Power Surge?
- 2 Signs of a Power Surge
As we embrace today’s technological age, we’ve become more and more dependent on our appliances and electronic devices. The first thing you usually check in the morning is your phone and the last thing you ever do late at night is turn off the TV or laptop where you’ve watched the latest episode of your favourite series.
Your TVs, phones, electric stove, washing machines, microwaves, lamps, and refrigerators do not only hold a place in your homes. More than anything, these devices offer convenience that you usually crave. Because who would want to handwash a week’s pile of clothes? Certainly, not you!
If you’ve convinced yourself that you can’t live without these devices, you’re not alone. In a study conducted last 2016, roughly 7 million Aussies can’t live without their phones. What more with the essential appliances? But what draws your phones, lights, TVs, and washers together? It’s electricity.
Electricity plays a crucial role in our lives. From keeping our homes lit to maximising the things we can do; electricity is very beneficial. But too much of everything can be harmful as well. If there is an excess in electricity gushing into your homes, it can lead to a power surge.
What is a Power Surge?
A power surge happens when the amount of voltage flowing into our devices or appliances exceeds the safe level for our home. It overloads electricity to most of our devices. When power surges occur, it can either damage your devices permanently or significantly reduce its lifespan.
Smartphones, tablets, and other low-power devices backed with sensitive circuit boards are more vulnerable to damage caused by a power surge compared to larger devices such as appliances.
There are a lot of things that cause a power surge. Bayside electricians might suggest that it can either be as mundane as downed power lines, faulty wiring, or as striking as lightning. Power surges occur when there is a substantial spike in your electrical system’s current.
Most power surges last about a fraction of a second, but their effects are irreversible to any outlets or plugged-in appliances. That is, it’s important to know how to protect your electronics against untimely power surges.
Signs of a Power Surge
Since a power surge happens in a split second, you need to be always vigilant when your devices have been damaged because of it.
Some signs that may indicate damage are as follows:
- The device flashes beyond usual
- The device cannot be turned on
- The device or power source smells burnt and
- The power strip needs resetting.
Protect Your Homes Against a Surge
Power surges can happen anytime. Preventing a power surge and protecting your home from it requires planning and foresight. Here are some of the things you can do to keep your home and delicate electronic devices safe:
Check your wires.
Remember that faulty wiring can cause power surges. Sometimes, it can even make your problems worse. Better have an expert electrician visit your place. If you’re in the Bayside, you can trust that our bayside electricians will inspect your home’s wiring for issues.
Invest in a quality surge protection system.
Having a whole-home surge protection can protect your homes from significant power surges. This surge protection system suppresses the electricity when it gets too high and redirects it into the ground wire. It is connected directly into your fuse box and prevent power surges from entering your home at the source.
You can have your whole-home surge protections systems installed by our licensed electricians.
Turn off your devices during a storm.
This is one of the easiest ways to protect your homes from being affected by a power surge. Remember that by turning off and unplugging your sensitive electronics, you stop the electric current to flow to your devices when the lighting strikes.
Know your electronic load.
Did you ever notice that your air conditioning systems don’t share the same power strip with any of your appliances? That’s for a good reason. Whenever you decide to plug in your delicate devices, always be smart about where you plug it in.
Different types of devices and appliances have varying electronic loads. Large appliances can put your sensitive devices at risk by causing “mini-surges”.
Use surge protectors.
Whenever you invest in expensive and delicate electronics such as computers, and OLED television sets, the best practice is to plug these devices into a power surge protector to prevent surge damages.
The most common devices include surge protector outlets, suppressors, uninterruptible power station, and power strips. These protectors are used on more delicate devices such as computers, televisions, stereo systems, and media centres.
Use high-efficiency AC units.
Replacing older air conditioning units to high-efficiency units helps in reducing the likelihood of having a power surge in your home. Newer AC models draw lesser power compared to older ones. This means that when it suddenly stops drawing power, it will not increase the risk of voltage spikes.
If you want to install high-efficiency AC units on your homes, call our Cheltenham electrician to help you out.
Bell Electrical for All Your Electrical Woes
Did you recently suffer from a power surge? At Bell Electrical, we will help you with all your ctrical problems. We are your trusted Bayside and Cheltenham Electricians. We offer rewiring, fault finding, air-conditioning installation, switchboard, and metering upgrades and more.