How to Prevent Power Surges

Protect the Home With a Whole House Surge Protector

This guide was created to help minimize the risk of power surges by stopping them before they can start! With the average American electronic producing anywhere between 100 to 140 volts when plugged in, anything over that can surely increase the risk that something may misfire inside the home’s walls. So, adding extra safety precautions before an outlet is triggered is the key to keeping homes and families safe.


Why Are Power Surges Bad?

Power surges happen when an outlet, which usually runs at 120 volts, is hit with something much higher than its maximum load. This can be from too many devices plugged into a single outlet or plugging in an electronic like a dryer into an outlet that wasn’t designed to handle that much power. Power surges can also occur due to lightning storms or issues with the electrical grid.

Once the outlet is overloaded, many things can happen. The rubber coating around the wires can begin to melt, and sparks can shoot into the wall from the outlet or art fire. Breakers can stop a lot of overloading from happening, but they aren’t foolproof. 

Protect Against Power Surges

Because of these serious dangers, professionals suggest taking extra precautions such as only plugging in what is absolutely needed and never using a surge protector to plug multiple devices into one outlet at once. Or, install a whole-home surge protector to minimize the risk virtually entirely! 

This high-tech device secures itself to the breaker box, protecting the home from any unwanted surges of voltage. This is an upgrade from the outlet surge protectors as it constantly monitors for surges without running the risk of shorting out. Because a whole-home surge protector is connected to the breaker box, it also covers all the home electronics and appliances instead of only what is plugged into a single outlet like an outlet surge protector.

Replacing an Old Surge Protectorprotector

For the added safety measure, outlet surge protectors can still be used with a whole home version, but they have a much shorter life span than the whole home version. Outlet surge protectors only last for around two to five years, depending on their size and the frequency of use. Surge protectors constantly pushing voltage to three or four more electronics can wear out much quicker than those with only one or two.

If unsure whether a surge protector needs to be replaced, there are some tell-tale signs:

  • The air around the surge protector smells of burning plastic
  • The surge protector is warm to the touch
  • Electronics are gaining and losing power while constantly plugged in
  • A buzzing sound is coming from the protector 
  • The protector has been around for longer than five years


About Modern Electrical Services

Since 2016, Modern Electrical Services has served its neighbors in Groveland, MA, and the surrounding areas with honesty, integrity, professionalism, and a commitment to excellence. They provide straightforward pricing, same-day service, and the latest technology. Call them today for whole house surge protector services in Groveland, MA.