Like nearly all Americans, your home is probably filled with electronic equipment which you depend upon for many of your daily needs. And these appliances can prove to be costly to repair or replace if they get damaged. A common way in which electronic equipment gets broken or damaged says Static Electrics is through power cycling, for example, power surges, interruptions or sags.
Many things can cause a power surge, such as short circuits, lightning strikes, and even poles being knocked over by accidents. In these instances the voltage can suddenly jump as high as thousands of volts for a second. This “surge” can damage or destroy your appliances. Your appliances have the ability to endure minor fluctuations but a surge like that can cause severe damage and even sometimes start a fire. This power cycling can’t be prevented, but you can protect your appliances. Here’s what to do:
Electrical Lines Properly Grounded
The first thing you should do is contact a certified electrician like Static Electrics to stop by and check to see if your cable television, telephone and utility service lines are correctly grounded. If they aren’t grounded then instruct the electrician to ground them. If your electrical lines are not grounded, virtually any electrical disruptions are going to result in power cycling and damaged electronics. While you don’t need a commercial electrician, only a certified electrician should be the one to check your power lines and find out if they are grounded or not.
Unplug your big electronics, meaning your computer, stereo and television. Plug a surge protector into an electrical outlet near all these appliances. Plug your major electronics into the surge protector. If there is a “surge” of electrical energy, your surge protector will take the fall instead of your appliances. Even a commercial electrician recommends these. And it cannot be stressed enough how important they are. Not only can they save you a bundle in having to replace or repair damaged appliances, but they can help to prevent fires too. Don’t put it off another minute. If you don’t have a surge protector for your appliances, then go and buy one right now. You won’t regret it.
Uninterrupted Power Supply
Unplug your computer and modem, and then plug your UPS (uninterrupted power supply) into an outlet next to your computer. Next plug your computer and modem into the UPS. If your UPS also comes with software for your computer that gives instructions on how to safely shut down the computer during a power cycling event, now is the time to install the software onto your computer. In a few hours your UPS will be charged up.
Remember to always unplug all of your major electrical appliances during a thunderstorm or a power outage. Lightning can completely destroy electronic appliances even if it doesn’t directly hit your home. Lightning strikes that hit power lines can send a mighty surge of electricity down the wires and right into your appliances. By unplugging them you can be sure your electrical appliances will not sustain damage should a power cycling event occur.
Biography: Jake Hyten worked for Staticelectricsbrisbane.com.au as a Static Commercial Electrician for a total of ten years and is considered an expert who has written various articles on Electrical repair, Appliance repair, etc.