Whole House Surge Protectors in Chapel Hill, NC

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Why You Need Whole House Surge Protector Installation

Think about all the valuable appliances and electronic devices attached to your electrical system. A sudden power surge could damage or destroy all of these devices in an instant. A power strip surge suppressor can offer cheap protection against minor power surges, but there is only one way to ensure your entire home is protected, a whole house surge protector. Whole house surge protector installation is a cinch when you work with the pros. Mr. Electric of Chapel Hill offers whole house surge protectors to Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and the surrounding areas. Learn more about our whole house surge protector services.

What Is a Power Surge?

A power surge is a sudden influx of electricity in your home’s electrical system. For that reason, a power surge is often referred to as a voltage spike. Your circuit breakers in your electrical panel monitor the amperage running through your home, but it will not stop a sudden spike in the voltage. Every electronic device and appliance is designed to handle a specific amount of electricity. So, a sudden spike can cause damage and, in some cases, completely fry them. Many homeowners who are hit with a power surge have to replace appliances like TVs, refrigerators, computers, and ovens. Even slight power surges can result in the following:

  • Reduce the lifespan of devices
  • Impact on the performance of electronics
  • Completely destroy appliances

How Do Power Surges Happen?

If you want to protect your home from power surges, you need to have an understanding of what causes a power surge to occur. It can differ. Heavy-duty devices can cause minor power surges in your home. Devices that require a lot of power can suddenly cause a spike in voltage as power as their motors or compressors turn on. This increased electrical demand can cause too much electricity to come to that area of the home. Other common causes of power surges include:

  • Cut, fallen, or otherwise disrupted power lines
  • Issues with your electrical wiring
  • Problems related to powerlines, transformers, and other equipment managed by your utility company
  • In rare cases, lightning strikes can cause severe power surges, which can overpower power strip surge protectors

Does a Power Strip Provide Enough Protection?

You have likely seen a surge protector on a power strip. A surge protector monitors the voltage running through it. If the voltage suddenly spikes, it redirects the electricity away from devices and cuts the power. Surge protectors contain metal-oxide varistors (MOVs), which absorb excess electricity, preventing it from frying your appliances and devices. However, power strip surge protectors only provide limited protection. They cannot protect all the electronics in your home, such as light fixtures and other appliances that cannot be plugged into a power strip, like major appliances that require 240-volt outlets.

How Do Whole House Surge Protectors Work?

Whole house surge protector installation by Mr. Electric of Chapel Hill protects every device in your home, from your lights to your television. While a whole house surge protector functions similarly to a power strip surge protector, it offers more comprehensive protection. There are many different brands and types of whole-house surge protectors. No matter which you choose, you will need a licensed electrician to install it effectively.

Get a Whole House Surge Protector Installation Appointment!

Mr. Electric of Chapel Hill is the leading team of electricians in the Chapel Hill and Carrboro area. When you work with our team of licensed electricians, you will see that we care about your home, your safety, and your experience with us. We always offer upfront pricing and explain the cost of whole house surge protector installation thoroughly. Don’t let your home be without a whole house surge protector any longer. Schedule your whole house surge protector service appointment now.