The term “Power Surge” is one we hear often, whether you’re an electrician, or even your everyday homeowner. But we generally find there’s a lack of understanding of what a power surge actually is, why it’s dangerous to you and your home, and how to properly avoid one from occurring.
To the experts at John Goudie Electric, the only thing more important than peerless service is safety. We’ve built a list of the best tips to ward off a power surge, and how to protect your home!
So what exactly is a power surge? Well, put simply a surge is an event where the electrical current running to or in your home is temporarily boosted past the point of safety. This event is extremely brief, happening within a tenth of a second, but even so can do serious harm to your home and appliances.
Surges can be caused by a very wide variety of situations. The most common cause is through the use of high-powered appliances and tools (fridges, microwaves, power tools, space heaters, etc.) that create a sudden massive demand in power from your home’s supply. Other possibilities include faulty wiring, issues with the supply grid and other situations. This is why we place such importance on upgrading and repairing wiring and breaker boxes so much!
At least some measure of surges are bound to happen at one point or another. We’ve all seen them (flickering lights and stuttering electrical equipment are common signs), but what we want to cover is how to ensure you’re safe. Some easy tips include:
No matter your electrical needs this holiday season, the professionals at John Goudie Electric can help. With over 25 years of experience, we can tackle any issue you throw at us promptly and efficiently! Our certified experts are ready and waiting to assist you with all of your electrical needs.
Contact John Goudie Electric today at 301-609-9450 for electrical service and repair throughout Northern Virginia and Southern Maryland!