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Whole House Surge Protector Installation in Indianapolis & Fishers, IN

Electricians Who Install Whole House Surge Protectors

Many homeowners are unaware of the dangers posed by power surges. If you do not have a whole house surge protector, your home could be at risk. Minor power surges can compromise electronics and reduce their performance. The most severe power surges can completely fry electronics and appliances. Most homeowners are not prepared to replace multiple expensive appliances at once. This is why a whole-house surge protector is such an important home safety feature. Mr. Electric of Fishers offers whole house surge protector installation in Indianapolis, Fishers and the surrounding area. Learn more about how we install whole-house surge protectors.

Whole House Surge Protector Installation in Indianapolis & Fishers, IN
Electricians Who Install Whole House Surge Protectors
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  • To protect yourself from power surges, it’s best to start by understanding what they are. So, what is a power surge? A power surge is a sudden spike in the voltage running through your home’s electrical system. The average home can handle between 120 and 220 volts. A power surge occurs when that voltage is exceeded. The breakers in your electrical panel monitor the amperage of the electricity entering your home. However, they will not trip if there is an increase in the voltage. When excess voltage enters your electrical system, it will follow your wiring to your home appliances. This can overheat and destroy devices like televisions, phones, stereos, ovens, refrigerators, laundry appliances, and more.

  • Now, let’s talk about what causes power surges. It can be helpful to look at two types of power surges: internal and external. Some power surges originate within your home. When an appliance suddenly demands a lot of power, a small power surge can occur. For instance, when a refrigerator’s compressor starts, it can pull in more power, and that spike can overflow into other appliances on the circuit. The more severe power surges come from external sources, such as faulty utility equipment or lightning strikes. No matter the source of a power surge, a whole home surge protector is the best way to stop it. The main causes of power surges include the following:

    • Downed power lines
    • Issues with your electrical wiring
    • Problems with your utility company’s equipment, such as power lines or transformers
    • While it is rare, lightning can cause the most disastrous power surges
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What Is a Surge Protector?

A surge protector is a device that monitors the voltage running through an electrical circuit and disconnects if the save levels are exceeded. Most homeowners are familiar with surge protectors found on power strips. While this is a convenient safety feature for power strips, it is not a substitute for a whole-house surge protector. A power strip surge suppressor only offers a limited level of protection. It is not equipped to stop the most severe power surges. Further, you cannot use power strip surge protectors on all your appliances. Especially expensive appliances, like refrigerators, ovens, and laundry appliances, can only be protected by installing a whole-house surge protector.

  • How does a surge protector work? A whole house surge protector safeguards your entire electrical system from spikes in voltage. Mr. Electric of Fishers can install a surge protector into your electrical panel, just like your breakers. This will constantly monitor the voltage coming into your system and running through it. That way, any time there is a fluctuation in voltage, it will instantly trip and redirect the electricity to a grounded wire. Whole house surge protectors can trip within a nanosecond of noticing a power surge.

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