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How Does Surge Protection Work?

How Does Surge Protection Work?

Surge protection is an integral part of a safe electrical system. Your electrician will recommend surge protectors for your Addison home if you don't already have any devices designed to prevent power surges. Surge protectors allow homeowners to plug multiple appliances and devices into one power outlet without creating a hazard.

What Are Power Surges?

Power surges, also known as transient voltages, occur when the voltage drastically rises above the appropriate level. Typically, residential properties in the United States have a standard voltage of 120 volts. Voltage measures a difference in electric potential energy as an electric current travels from one end of a wire to another. You may hear your electrician use the terms "spike" and "surge." A spike is an increase of voltage that lasts less than three nanoseconds, and a surge is an increase that lasts at least three nanoseconds. Power surges are caused by lightning strikes, damaged wiring, downed power lines, complications with your utility company's equipment, and the use of high-power electrical devices and appliances.

How Does Surge Protection Prevent Damage?

Without proper surge protection, your electronic devices are susceptible to damage caused by power surges. A surge causes the wiring to burn up. If it doesn't destroy the device, it will stress the internal components, reducing the device's useful life. Surge protectors save your electronic devices from power surges and spikes by redirecting the excess electricity to the outlet's grounding wire. They divert the surges while permitting the standard current to power electronic devices plugged into the surge protectors outlet. Gas discharge arrestors are gas tubes that use inert gas as a conductor between the hot line and the ground line to divert electricity.

Surge protectors have slight delays before redirecting a power surge, so shorter response times mean that your electronic devices will be exposed to a surge for shorter periods. Your electrician will probably suggest that you purchase a surge protector with a response time of less than one nanosecond. If you have questions about surge protection and want to ensure that the devices and appliances in your Addison home are protected, reach out to a skilled electrician at Adis Electric.

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Adis was amazing! Incredibly quick response, explained the issues that I was having, even though the worst of it was utility-related! He also replaced my wall plug for my dryer (which was originally installed upside down, and he installed correctly)! And when he went to install the plug (and cut the breaker switch to my dryer), he smelled smoke and alerted me. It was a fire in my fireplace, as our heat was affected by an outage as well. I felt that this was extremely considerate and very cautious and aware! The power company showed up while he was there, and he even took the time to speak with them about potential issues and informed them of the broken seal on the meter to determine power loss issues (which the power company associate immediately replaced). Definitely a great experience. A++++ electrical technician. Knows his stuff, reasonably priced, and very fast! Will be using Adis Electric again!

Bekah Ward
January 11, 2021

Adis was excellent. Took his time with assessment, explained thoroughly, and discovered some detailed work that will be needed- but was completely fine with checking with my home warranty first. I plan to definitely be using him in the future, and possibly for any repairs this time the warranty doesn't cover. Really neat to work with him and clearly very knowledgeable. Also, he came out the day after Christmas after posting a request the night of Christmas.

Justin Hughes
December 28, 2020

Highly professional and knowledgeable. Adis and Brandon are both skilled professionals who ensure the job is done right and will thoroughly explain all needed repairs or issues before starting work.

Greg Baldwin
December 15, 2020

We recently hired Adis Electric to install some outdoor lighting. We're very pleased with our technician, Brandon. He was very professional, the cost was reasonable, his work was excellent, and he left the property clean. We highly recommend Adis Electric. We'll definitely use them again.

Dianne Carey
December 14, 2020

Very knowledgeable, punctual, & extremely detailed company. We’ve used them twice now for service calls on minor things and planning to use them in the future

John Barrow
December 9, 2020