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What is a Power Surge? How Can I Protect My Home?

Electrical problems and concerns can be quite troubling for consumers, particularly when you consider the risks associated with a power surge. The thought of losing power or putting yourself or loved ones in danger is enough to make anyone anxious.

Don’t worry! Your Ampra Energy team is here to help. Let’s explore the power surge meaning, what causes them, and how to protect your home to the best of your ability.

What is a power surge?

First, let’s define “surge.” Power surges occur when an electric current is interrupted, causing the electricity to stop and start flowing again. The “surge” of electricity can be quite powerful, and have potentially damaging effects, including disrupting the proper functioning of your devices and/or utilities.

  • Your home is likely filled with items that are susceptible to a power surge, especially any appliance or electronic device that contains a microprocessor.
  • Everyday items like computers, TVs, phones, and even appliances like refrigerators, washing machines, and dishwashers are potential power surge sources.
  • Power surges can be caused by external (outside of the home) or internal (inside of the home) factors.

What causes power surges?

  • Most commonly, lightning strikes are the culprit. Although rare, these natural occurrences can cause wiring and circuits to become “fried” or frayed and damaged.
  • Other sources of “external” power surges can be caused by a tree limb touching an active power line, or a car striking a utility pole.
  • A small animal getting into a transformer is another potential external cause.
  • Large surges that occur at once, or smaller surges (that you may not even notice) that occur daily can lead to damage and degradation of your appliances, lessening their performance and ability to withstand power surges.

How can I protect my home?

What is surge protection? Now that we’ve reviewed the power surge definition, let’s take a look at how to fix a power surge, and how to protect yourself from power surges in home settings.

  • As far as “internal” electric surges, there are certain steps you can take to protect your home from potential damage as much as possible.
    • Unplug any devices you aren’t currently using. This smart step will also save you on your utility costs! Switch off that lamp when you leave the room, AND unplug it to protect against a possible surge.
    • In addition to unplugging everyday items, take an inventory of the items you don’t use as frequently. There’s really no need for lesser-used items to be plugged in anyways!
    • Consider updating or upgrading your home’s wiring if it is outdated. Was your home built prior to the 1980s? If so, you’re likely due for a professional upgrade. Older wiring systems simply weren’t built to handle the larger capacity machines we have in our homes today.
    • Don’t overload your circuits! Try not to more than one or two large appliances using power from the same circuit. If you do, the circuit could easily become overloaded and is prone to a power surge.

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