Whole House Surge Protectors in Austin, TX

Protecting Your Home from Electricity Spikes

When your home experiences a power surge, a whole house surge protector protects it from damage. Mr. Electric of Austin installs whole house surge protectors for Austin, TX, residents. Power surges can damage your home if they hit wires that aren’t protected. Many homeowners mistakenly think a multi-outlet surge suppressor protects them. While these devices are effective, they cannot get the necessary level of protection for most homes. A professionally installed surge protector is hard-wired into your electrical panel for optimal safety. Contact us for an estimate on surge protector installation.

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What Is a Power Surge?

When a sudden voltage increase exceeds 120 volts, it causes a power surge. The affected device’s wiring starts to overheat and burn. Many modern-day devices have microchips and circuitry that cause extra sensitivity to changing voltage levels. A small power surge can compromise the performance of your devices. Our electric professionals can help keep your home office and other areas of your home safe with a whole house surge protector. If you have places in your home where multiple devices are plugged into outlets, reach out to us about getting an estimate for whole house surge protector installation.

Why Should I Worry About a Power Surge?

A power surge can impact anything in your home with a microprocessor. Cell phones, televisions, dishwashers, computers, and other high-power appliances have microprocessors. A significant power surge can fry your circuits. A low-level power surge can impact your appliances by slowly diminishing their internal circuitry.

What Causes Power Surges?

A leading cause of power surges is operating heavy-duty electrical devices, including HVAC equipment, clothes dryers, and refrigerators. If your appliance requires a large amount of electricity to switch compressors and motors on and off, it is more susceptible to power surges. Appliances with heating elements, including coffee makers and toaster ovens may also be more sensitive to power surges. The other most common causes of power surges include the following:

  • Lightning is a rare cause, but it can create power surges
  • Downed power lines during inclement weather or an accident
  • Faulty electrical wiring
  • Utility company line or transformer issues

What Is a Surge Protector?

A surge protector passes an electrical current from your electrical outlet to the devices that are plugged into the strip. While common household power strips offer limited protection for your devices, they must be replaced if one power surge hits. When a surge hits that is above the designated level, the surge protector will redirect the spike of electricity into the power strip’s metal oxide varistors (MOVs).

A whole house surge protector is hard-wired to withstand any spike in electricity.

Benefits of Installing a Whole House Surge Protector

A whole house surge protector offers optimal protection for your electronics and appliances. The loss of an appliance to a power surge can be costly. The most significant benefit of installing a whole house protector is to protect your investments without having to worry about needing to replace them due to a power surge.

Whole House Surge Protectors for Additional Protection

A whole house surge protector is a high-powered version of your household surge protector. They offer a higher level of protection and power. A whole house surge protector can protect the devices and appliances in your home that are powered by any level of electricity. They can help protect your home during a spike in electricity. There are three surge protection types, including:

  • Type 1 Whole House Protection – This surge protection is installed between your meter and power lines.
  • Type 2 Whole House Protection – This surge protection is installed between your breaker box and meter.
  • Type 3 Point-of-Use – Wall outlet protectors are installed where you plug in your appliances.

We advise getting two or more types of whole house protection surge protectors for optimal protection. We will consult with you about the best types of protection for your home.

Contact Mr. Electric of Austin

It’s time to upgrade your power strips to whole house surge protectors. Let Mr. Electric of Austin help keep your home and appliances safe with our whole house installation. We send insured and experienced electric professionals to your home for electric services. Our team always offers upfront and honest pricing. We back our work and parts with a guarantee that we will get the job done right. Contact us today to schedule a free estimate to install a whole house surge protector.