A power surge is an unexpected, temporary oversupply of power that can last up to one second. Power surges can reach 6,000 volts and 3,000 amps when they arrive at the equipment, which can cause damage to electronic equipment, and even lead to electrical fires.
WHAT ARE THE MOST COMMON CAUSES OF A POWER SURGE?
Power surges can be caused by:
- High power using electrical devices, such as refrigerators, can cause power spikes when switched on or when a component like a motor kicks in..
- Damaged tripped circuit breakers.
- Bad or faulty wiring.
- Animals or objects like tree limbs touching the power lines.
- Return of power after a blackout.
- Lightning strikes.
These power surges can cause permanent damage to your electrical devices or lead to electrical fires.
HOW TO TELL YOU HAVE HAD A POWER SURGE
Some signs you have had a power surge include:
- Tripped circuit breaker or safety switch
- Sudden resetting or power loss of devices
- Damaged electrical devices
If you see these signs, it may be time to contact an experience electrician to help protect your home from power surges.
HOW TO KEEP YOUR HOME SAFE FROM POWER SURGES
There are a number of measures you can take to minimise the risk of power surges in your home, such as:
- Notify your council or electricity provider of any risks external to power lines, such a hanging tree limbs.
- Unplug appliances not in use (this can also help you save money on your power bill!)
- Get a licensed electrician to install surge protection on powerboards to protect individual items, or on the switchboard to protect the entire home.
Contact us today to discuss the best way to protect your home and electrical equipment from power surges.