For many homeowners, a power surge may mean any of the different types of electrical system problems. In reality though, there are only a couple of power surge problems commonly experienced by the average homeowner.
In this article, you’ll learn about the different electrical system problems related to power surges and how to best prevent them from happening or reduce their effects to other wires and systems.
Power surges – the real ones
Power surges are not just any glitch or problems you experience within your home. Power surges are actually the unexpected increase of electrical voltage in any of your electrical lines. The worst a power surge could do is damage any electrical device connected to the electrical line that got hit by a power surge. Because of providing too much power to the device, it prevents the device from functioning properly, other times, it prevents the device from successfully turning on without any delay or problems.
Because it is the most commonly heard and used term, most homeowners could easily mistake any electrical problem with power surges.
Single Phase Power
To effectively and efficiently provide power to motors, most large real estate properties now – including buildings and condominiums – are built with three-phase power. The problem with this type of electrical system is when one of the three phases malfunctions due to utility or fuse issues. This is what you call a single phase issue. Because each phase of a three-phase system is not designed to draw additional current to the areas assigned to it, continuously using the phase’s motor without disconnecting the motor from the power can lead to more serious and costly problems.
A high-voltage spike is similar to a power surge. The only difference is that a high-voltage spike typically reaches a peak of 6,000 volts. According to professional electricians, high-voltage spikes are often cause by lightning strike.
To prevent this from happening, you can opt to install a surge suppressor. This should be placed near or in your main service panel. You can also opt to have a separate breaker in the panel to feed the surge suppressor. Keep in mind, however, that surge suppressors work to prevent lightning strikes from entering through your power lines only. Lightning strikes can also enter through telephone lines and cable so you’ll need to carefully look at those as well.
Learn more about your electrical system by calling WHS Electricians LLC.
WHS Electricians LLC
Wilmington, NC 28409