25 Apr 2022

Protect Your Home from Power Surges

What is a “power surge”?
A power surge is a sudden increase or decrease in the flow of electricity. These power surges can occur in your home internally from motors/equipment malfunctioning (such as air conditioners, garage door openers, washers, dryers, refrigerators, vacuums, etc.) but also externally from utility power company transfers/maintenance, damaged power lines, car accidents to a power pole, etc. Most commonly, power surges can occur during inclement weather conditions, hurricane season, and of course, the random Florida PM thunderstorms. However, do not be fooled, these surges can happen anytime, rain or shine. These surges can enter your home and spread from different routes, such as low voltage (cable or phone lines).

What can I do to protect my home from a power surge?
To protect your home from power surges, you can begin by installing a “circuit panel” style surge suppression device. This device can reduce the spikes, or completely stop the spikes before they enter through the panel and disperse throughout your home.  This is good protection method for major appliances such as washers, dryers, ovens/ranges, refrigerators, water heaters, air conditioners, and so much more. 

In the Villages, Pike’s Electric has been using the Eaton Ultra “Whole Home” surge protection device for over 10 years. We have installed thousands of these units with great success and most of our employees have even invested in them for their own homes. Backed with a 5 year manufacturer warranty, the product comes with peace of mind that if a surge occurs while you are away, your valuables have a blanket of protection. 

But you shouldn’t stop there. For additional protection, surge suppression devices should be installed within 15 feet of sensitive electronics. This is typically accomplished with the standard surge protection plug-in units, “surge strips”, and other point-of-use surge devices. We also suggest you consult with your internet/phone/cable company for any protection they may offer on their equipment. Surges can travel through low voltage lines (including your irrigation system) which may travel through to your phone/internet/cable lines from the low voltage panel. T.V.s, entertainment systems, internet equipment, gaming consoles, etc. are susceptible to this route of surge. Without protection or insurance from your internet/TV provider, you may be faced with replacing that equipment as well. 

I have the surge protection device installed by my power company. Am I able to have the Eaton Ultra installed as well?
Yes, absolutely. As long as your panel or meter main (whichever applies) has two free breaker spaces, we will be able to install the Eaton Ultra. The power company surge protection is great for any surge that may travel into the home through the meter. Our protector, is installed in the interior of the home at the panel box. This gives even more protection for any route a surge may travel through, if for some reason the surge is strong enough to pass through the meter and into the home’s panel. Without this protection at the panel, you may be at risk of losing the major appliances in your home if the surge is strong enough to damage the internal components.

Will the Eaton Ultra protect my T.V.s and/or computers?
A power surge through a low voltage line (irrigation/phone/internet lines) can be susceptible to damage from a surge. Thus, if you have cable boxes wired in, modems, or routers, they may be at risk to that type of power surge. Point-of-use protection devices, or surge strips, are highly suggested for electronics in addition to the Eaton Ultra. Our advice, protect all areas as much as possible with multiple surge protection devices. When shopping for surge strips, take a look at the cost and the rating of surge strength. “You get what you pay for” is our advice.

How much does a Eaton Ultra Surge protector install cost?
Our surge protection installations start at $545.00 (Restrictions apply). The Eaton Ultra requires (2) free breaker spaces in the panel. If you have any questions on the further requirements for this installation or to schedule, you are welcome to contact our Service Department at 352-748-6251. We will walk you through the process and schedule one of our skilled technicians to install the unit as soon as possible.

We encourage you to visit Eaton’s website for further information: