Question 1: I’m looking for the full facts on electrical surge protection. What can you tell me?
Answer: Take a good look at this photo. It’s a stark reminder of how important surge protection is. We were called to a unit where the wiring had burnt out. We discovered there was no surge protection in the switchboard and some incorrect wiring had added to the problem.
Q2: And I was thinking I only need surge protection for my computer?
A: While computers are the most vulnerable, a massive power spike can threaten your entire electrical system. Put simply, a surge arrester hard-wired into your switchboard can react instantly to an electrical system spike caused by nearby lightning strikes, mains electrical faults or short-outs when winds push tree branches onto power lines.
Q3: So I need the best protection for my computer?
A: Not only your computer but also for the micro-processors and control boards found on most modern household appliances, from TVs to clothes dryers. These can be damaged by even small surges and spikes. Electrical devices work within a certain voltage range and can’t handle higher voltages. However, surge arresters divert the high voltage to earth.
Q4: What is the cost of all this protection?
A: A fraction of the price of appliance replacement. We can supply and fit a quality surge arrestor to your switchboard for $149. While there our technicians can also assess your entire electrical system and test your wiring to make sure a burnout like this will never happen to you.
Electrical Safety Service
A regular Electrical Safety Service and Inspection will help you avoid dangerous and costly damage to your property.
A Sharpe Electrician will conduct:
- Visual, Electrical & Thermal Testing
- Appliance Safety & Usage Testing
- Switchboard/Meter Board Inspection
- House Electrical Systems Inspection
We recommend these checks be done every few years at your home & work.
Electrical Safety Service
Our comprehensive Electrical Safety Service and Inspection – performed by a qualified electrician, are strongly recommended to evaluate the condition of your electrical system as appropriate – especially if:
Your house is more than 25 years old and has not had an inspection.
You have old wiring in your house.
You have any concerns about equipment that has been operating erratically, especially if appliances are more than 5 years old.
You are planning to invest in upgrading your electric system, renovations, or the addition a swimming pool equipment or solar power system
You are selling your property – providing reassurance to your prospective purchasers