Protection By Surge Protectors

The effects of power surges in electrical equipment can be devastating. Electrical equipment that has been on for an extended period will have a higher chance of being damaged by an increase in voltage and may even start a fire. 

It is important to regularly check your electrical equipment and replace any damaged parts or components before they become dangerous or are at risk of causing a fire. 

Power surges are one of the most common occurrences in electrical equipment. They happen almost every day, and they can cause a lot of damage to your home or business and living on the Gold Coast with the thunderstorms that sweep in, power surges do happen often!

When a thunderstorm is in the local area, it can increase the amount of power in the grid, causing a vast increase, which causes a power surge.

The other reasons they happen are when there are enormous demands on the electrical grid and the amounts of available power to fluctuate.

The effects of power surges in electrical equipment can be devastating. Electrical equipment that has been on for an extended period will have a higher chance of being damaged by an increase in voltage and may even start a fire. 

It is essential to regularly check your electrical equipment and replace any damaged parts or components before they become dangerous or are at risk of causing a fire. 

Do Circuit Breakers Prevent A Power Surge From Damaging Your Appliances? 

A common misconception is that either the circuit breaker or safety switch will protect an appliance from damage during a power surge.  

The answer to this question is that neither prevent power surges.

Homeowners often think these two components are the same when they’re very different in their functions – with neither being able to stop surges from damaging electronics of any kind!

A circuit breaker is a protection device for electrical circuits, and safety switches are used to protect people from electric shock. 

 

What is a circuit breaker

A circuit breaker protects the home or buildings electrical circuits from being overloaded or damaged when too much power is being used at once.

This senario has happened to us all at one stage. You are in the kitchen and you might have the kettle boiling, something on the electric hot plate and then someone comes and pops the toaster on and everything stops!

You blame the toaster but the extra power it was using did trip the circuit but it is doing exactly as what it is meant to. 

You do not want the excess electricity in a circuit from overheating and potentially causing a fire.

If certain appliances do trip power, either look at replacing it or get a qualified electrician in to look at what electrical loads are going through the circuits and you may require an upgrade.

This often happens when you replace appliances in the kitchen. A bigger oven will use more power.

If you install a lager air conditioner unit, you will often have to upgrade your wiring and circuits.

Surge Protectors

A power surge is an increase in electrical voltage, so a sudden change that lasts for less than one cycle. As mentioned before, often power surges can be caused by inclement weather like thunderstorms.  
They can also result from other types of external events like faulty wiring or malfunctions in heavy machinery near your home’s electric lines.

The results of a power surge may vary depending on what type of device you are using at the time and how sensitive it is to spikes in power.
Often sensitive equipment will be badly damaged, and fires can even start.

Surge protectors function by cutting off all electricity if they detect more than 150 volts coming through the outlets – this way, even if something terrible happens with your equipment while you’re not home.
Surge protectors can be installed at power points where appliances are that you want to protect, and they are called point-of-use protectors.

They can also be hard-wired into the building’s electrical system and provide protection for incoming lines from outside sources and outgoing wiring inside the house.

Once a point of use surge protector has done its job, it needs to be replaced.
You will often see a red or green light on the powerboard that indicates the surge protector is still working.
If it has been used, this light will no longer be seen. If you want surge protection, you will need to replace it.

To protect a whole house, we can install surge protection into your switchboard, which offers more protection.
All surge protection devices need to be checked regularly, perhaps at monthly intervals, to ensure your devices are always protected.

What is an RCD or Safety Switch?

An RCD or a safety switch does not have the same function as circuit breakers. The sole purpose of these devices is to protect people and save lives! 
Safety switches monitor the flow of electricity through a circuit and detect irregularities in the electrical current. 

Should it find anything wrong with its current, the device activates almost instantly to cut off power from that particular circuit within 0.03 of a second. This is less than the speed of a heartbeat. It will stop electric shocks before they happen. 
They are installed in your switchboards, so if there ever was faulty wiring or faulty appliance used in the building, and you’re protected. The RCD’s are always active and on guard monitoring your home’s circuits for unusual activity. 

Modern switchboards all contain RCD’s, and they must be installed correctly and by a licensed electrician. 

If you would like more information about how to protect your family and home from electrical mishaps – Call Electricians And More to get our professional and local Gold Coast knowledge and advice 

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