17 May 2021

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. 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.  This is good protection method for major appliances such as washers, dryers, refrigerators, water heaters and air conditioners. 

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 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 offer these type of devices, we call “SAPs”, for purchase.

I have the surge protection device installed by my power company. Am I able to have the Eaton Ultra installed as well?
Yes, absolutely. 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. 

Will the Eaton Ultra protect my T.V.s or computers?
A power surge through a low voltage line is NOT protected by the Eaton Ultra. Thus, if you have cable boxes wired in, modems, or routers, they may be susceptible to that route of power surges. The above point-of-use protection devices, or surge strips, are highly suggested for electronics. We also suggest contacting your internet or T.V. provider for further protection advice.

How much does a Eaton Ultra Surge protector install cost?
Our surge protection installations start at $350.00. (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.