Surge Protectors- you have to change them on occasion

Discussion in Gas & Electricity started by Mockingbird • Jan 2, 2015.

  1. Mockingbird

    MockingbirdActive Member

    Dec 6, 2014
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    We have all heard how important it is to have our expensive televisions, computers and stuff like that on a surge protector, it could save you thousands of dollars if there was a electrical spike on the line. That's fine because most surge protectors are not that expensive, you can buy one at most hard ware stores or places like Walmart. They are designed with a breaker that will flip if there is a change in the electricity on the line. I am sure most people have has to re-set one at some point.

    What most people do not know is that if you have had to re-set the surge protector a few times you should replace it. It may still seem good but the truth is the inside has taken a surge, it is no longer at 100%. Parts inside have been stressed, the surge protector could fail in the event you take a large surge. These could fail if your power goes out and then comes back on. You may not be home to know this even happened and then have a big problem.
  2. nonsiccus

    nonsiccusActive Member

    Dec 4, 2014
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    Another thing that you have to change on occasion are uninterruptible power supplies. They contain a battery that eventually wears down, so it's wise to change them out every so often (usually talking a few years).

    Most models will include an alarm that will beep at you when it detects that the battery is running low or not holding a charge any longer.

    Just thought I'd mention since it's a similar idea to surge protectors.