What Happens During a Power Surge & What To Do Should One Occur
Power surges are nothing to joke about. National fire prevention week is a great time for Armstrong Plumbing, Air & Electric to talk about the serious nature of a power surge, what you can do to prevent them and what to do if your home has been affected by one. It is rare, however, for one to cause a full-blown electrical fire in your home.
What Is a Power Surge?
The amount of electricity needed for most appliances is 110 volts – 220 volts. The average American home typically has around 120 volts in its electric supply. When too much voltage travels through the electric supply to your home and into your devices and appliances, that is what is known as a power surge. Basically, the appliance causes electricity to flow into the system instead of drawing it out. They may be large or small causing a blip or interruption in the service or even permanent damage if the it is powerful enough.
What Causes One?
Everyday activities like turning on a hairdryer or running the microwave can cause normal surges in power that usually go unnoticed. More powerful surges may occur during lightning strikes or if there is a widespread power outage. When the electricity is restored, a surge of energy comes through the lines causing a spike in the power supply.
Can You Protect Your Home or Appliances from It?
You absolutely can protect your home and possessions from damaging power surges by installing surge protecting outlets at your electronic devices. For inclusive protection in Lubbock, call Armstrong Plumbing, Air & Electric to schedule a licensed electrician to install a whole-house surge protector to limit potential damage to your appliances, including your HVAC system.
What to Do After
If you have experienced one in your home, you should first unplug, reset and repower all your electronic devices. Check throughout your home for damage to any appliances, electronics and electrical outlets. Finally, assess your HVAC unit for any visible damage. For added peace of mind, call Armstrong for an inspection and schedule that whole-home surge protector today.