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Electricians Power Surges


Electricians Power Surges

Since 2005, Fix Xperts has been the go-to electrician for the Gauteng area. Whether you’re having trouble with your Faulty Lights, DB board or require a FREE no obligation quote, we do it all! Call us at (011)391-0989 for reputable service, not trial and error.

Power surges – cause & effect
A power surge is basically a spike in your home’s electrical current.

The spike is very brief, usually lasting less than a thousandth of a second, but it can still cause damage to your home and appliances.

What causes a power surge?

A power surge can occur for several reasons. For example, high-power electrical devices can create a spike in the electrical current when they’re switched on or when their motors kick on. Refrigerators, air conditioners and even space heaters can cause a power surge strong enough to damage electrical systems.

This is especially true if you have faulty wiring that affects your home’s ability to withstand spikes. Tripped circuit breakers and short circuits in your wiring system can also lead to power spikes. If surges are caused by a problem in the wiring of your home, you should talk to an electrician to see if you need to rewire the house or replace the circuit breaker.

Lightning strikes are another common cause of power surges. A lightning strike doesn’t have to occur near you to cause a spike in your electrical current. In fact, striking close to a power line can cause a spike. A single strike can cause a spike strong enough to burn out a computer monitor, router and even your television.

The interior of the distribution board is pre-fitted with a clip tray or DIN rail for mounting the miniature circuit breakers (MCBs) and other devices. The two different types of MCBs, referred to as ‘mini rail’ or ‘DIN’, are only interchangeable if special adapter brackets are used. While mini rail MCBs can be slightly narrower than DIN MCBs (thus giving an advantage of fitting more into the same space available), the number of accessories on the market for this type of distribution board is limited as many manufacturers are now using the DIN format for their equipment. With the DIN format, the normal ranges of earth leakage units, disconnecting switches as well as MCBs are available.

In addition to this, various types of meters, time switches, pilot lights, surge arresters, etc, are manufactured and this now makes the DIN type distribution board very versatile. Distribution boards can be purchased as an empty enclosure to enable the contractor to equip it, as a ready-wired standard unit, or as a specially manufactured item to a client’s requirements. Also available are distribution boards for specific applications such as swimming pools, ready boards for low-cost housing, irrigation systems, etc. Each distribution board must be controlled by a switch disconnector (mains or main switch).

Are power surges dangerous?

A power surge can damage or destroy home appliances, and in a worst case scenario, start a house fire.

If you live in a house with faulty wiring or one that is full of powerful electronics, you should still buy a surge protector. In most cases, a surge protector looks like your basic power strip. If an electrical spike does occur, the surge protector should absorb any excess energy, redirecting it toward the grounding wire in your home instead of letting it get to your appliances.

How can I protect my appliances from power surges?

First, the bad news: The typical surge protector is not strong enough to protect your electronics and appliances from a lightning strike. The best thing you can do if you’re in the middle of a raging electrical storm is to unplug your computer — and maybe other expensive electronics, such as your flat-screen TV.

Since 2005, Fix Xperts has been the go-to electrician for the Gauteng area. Whether you’re having trouble with your Faulty Lights, DB board or require a FREE no obligation quote, we do it all! Call us at (011)391-0989 for reputable service, not trial and error.

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