Questions tagged [surge-suppression]

Electricity can sometimes experience voltage and frequency shifts that can damage sensitive electronics. A surge suppressor prevents this by bleeding off excess voltage and sending it to ground. Use for questions about these devices. Use with the [electrical] tag

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Can a surge protector prevent electrocution?

My pet keeps chewing cords, and I haven't found a good solution. Will getting surge protectors help keep the pet safe from electrocution if they chew through the coating into the wire?
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Is this a correct installation of a whole house Surge Protector?

Is this a correct installation of a whole house Surge Protector? Note that it's not closest to the main lugs, will that matter? I was unable to bring it closer to the main lugs since those had ...
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A surge protector for an AC split unit powered by a Siemens EQ Loadcenter

Late last summer my 4 year old AC unit fried its mainboard and the company which installed it originally came to service it. They suggested that the reason could be a surge, as they had a rash of ...
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Several LEDs and LED bulbs in my house are failing at the same time and way before their estimated lifespan

I've never had this happen to me and, now, in a span of 1 month, it's already happened 4 times... The following 3 LED bulbs and 1 LED strip have become unusable: An Ikea Ledare 600lm spot LED buld (...
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Can a surge protector prevent nuisance AFCI breaker trips?

I have a problem with AFCI breakers tripping in my 2 and a half year old house. The builder's electrician said that the cause is from power surges coming from the electrical company and that I need to ...
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What is the difference between a coaxial grounding block, an antenna discharge unit, and lightning arrestor

I've been reading about grounding outdoor TV antennas but these terms seem to be used interchangeably by various articles on the internet. For example, this article seems to make a distinction ...
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Can modern surge protector strips still catch fire? [closed]

I bought a 120 volts Leviton 5100-PS Surge Protector Strip. I'd like to know if all surge protector strips contain thermal disconnector inside already (like Belkin, APC, Eaton, Leviton)? What would ...
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Will using surge protectors with a two prong outlet adapter help against power fluctuations

I know that all surge protectors/upc's need outlets that are earthed and three pronged to safely protect against lightnings, but I would like to know if they can help against power fluctuations, even ...
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How to protect the AC from power spikes - a hardwired surge protector, or UPS?

As I understand, power surges can damage the AC boards, compressors and fan motors. Looking into hardwired surge protectors I found devices ranging in current, maximum protecting voltage and ...
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What is the purpose of a whole home surge suppressor?

Is it useful to invest in and have a whole home surge suppressor installed at my inside and outside panels. My home was built 2 months ago. Home do I install the whole home surge suppressor and what ...
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Whole House Surge Protector connection

I am interested in installing a whole house residential surge protector. I don't have enough room in my main panel inside my house. I am thinking of buying one of these uints and installing somewhere ...
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Properly grounding equipment with a ground screw

I have an NVR that has a power brick and a separate ground screw. What is the "Right way" (read: safest way) to connect this to ground? I've thought of a couple ways to do it. My 4 options are: ...
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Should I put a surge protector on the 110v to my Trane furnace

I just had to swap out the fan control module for my Trane furnace. The service person said it might have failed due to spikes on the 110v line. There were downed power lines in the area within the ...
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Will a consumer UPS clean up power from a conventional genetator

I have a DeWalt DXGNR7000 generator with a bonded neutral. I’m okay with house wiring, the fine folks here on Stack helped me out with that. However, I know that these types of gensets create 60hz ...
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Can I wire a receptacle to a cord and plug?

I am planning to add a recessed wall box for my TV so I can put the connections behind its wall mount. Most of these boxes come with a pass-through of some sort as well as a spot for a single-gang ...
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Adding whole-house surge protection to main panel

I'm looking to install a Schneider surge protector at the main breaker, likely this one: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CONA1OQ/ The key things in the instructions which I'm trying to resolve: ...
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Moving into ancient apartment, two-prong outlets

I just signed a lease on an apartment. I didn't look carefully at all the outlets, but I noticed that each bedroom has exactly one outlet, and the overhead light fixture in the kitchen works by ...
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Can I use a heavy gauge extension cord from the wall to a UPS?

I have a 900VA/480Watt UPS/surge unit, and it doesn’t quite reach the wall where I need to plug it in. I'm using it to power an iMac. The unit has a 3x16 AWG cord. Is there any harm or difference, in ...
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Surge protector for appliances - per appliance? Non-standard?

I was told by a technician that I need a separate surge protector for each appliance (washing machine, dryer, etc. They have electronic boards in them). I was also told that I need a special one for ...
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Can a 3-wire surge protective device be used on a single phase, 120V circuit?

I'm installing some surge protection for a radio installation, and I have a somewhat unusual requirement of installing the surge protection device (SPD) at an Earth ground where the antenna feedline ...
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Properly installing a grounded subpanel for lightning protection

I'm installing a large antenna on the side of my house opposite the electrical service entrance. The antenna must be grounded, by nature of its design. For lightning protection, it's important that ...
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I replaced a surge arrestor for our home — did I miss anything?

We're selling our home, and one of the things on our inspection was a "popped" surge arrestor - I don't have much experience at all with electrical work, but the process seemed pretty straightforward, ...
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Grounding for surge protection

I'm running a long Ethernet cable between my garage and home (50m). How do you guys protect your long cable runs (and thus your equipment) from lightning surges? House is separate from the garage. ...
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Water on surge protector

Sorry if this is in the wrong place. A couple of days ago I spilled a cup of water on the ground, and some of the water landed on a surge protector I quickly unplugged it and dried it off. I have ...
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Do common surge protectors prevent outgoing spikes?

I have a air humidifier connected to a timer, and every time it turns off there is a huge spike going through the lines; lamps and computer monitors flicker. I'm thinking about buying a surge ...
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Would a 120/240 V whole house surge protector work with 120 V single phase?

I live in a place where lighting strikes and power surges are very common. After experiencing multiple electronic failures I decided to look into surge protection, specifically whole house sure ...
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Do type-2 surge protectors render type-3 protectors redundant?

If you have a type-2 surge protector installed in your main breaker panel, does that render redundant any type-3 protectors plugged in to various outlets throughout the house? The only way I can think ...
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what is burning smell off a new power strip?

Got a new power strip, I detect a very faint burning smell kind of distinct when I stick my nose near it, 2 cm away. The smell is there whether it's connected or not, but amplifies when its working. I ...
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Problem plugging surge protected power strip into gfci outlet?

In my science classroom all outlets on the lab benches are gfci protected--that's great. I plug in multiple computers into some of these outlets and use power strips to do this, but it seems there ...
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How to add a surge protector on 240 circuit at pool sub panel - neutral or ground connection?

Trying to add a surge protector at a sub panel by pool. The 240 circuit runs from the main load panel on side of house to sub panel by pool - red, black and green only - to a disconnect and the pump. ...
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Surge protection(Kinda) with a power bar

Apologies in advance if this is the wrong SE to post this in, but Electrical Enginnering Stack Exchange didn't look like the proper place, based on what was 'on topic' over there. Anyway, I have a ...
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How to add a gfci and surge protector to pool pump line?

I want to add a gfci and surge protector to the 240v circuit for my pool pump. The 12 guage power wires (red and black) and ground (green) run from the corner of yard directly to the main breaker ...
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Protecting electronics from electrical surges - plugs with fuses

i was just wondering why the UK 3 pin plug has a fuse ? in South Africa the the Grid is significantly more volatile and lighting strikes abundant ( in the area i live in anyway) i have moved here ...
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How many “layers” of surge protection is considered useful?

I want to make my whole house surge protected, there are several solutions available You can install MOV based surge protection on the entire house in line entry point - first line of defense You can ...
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ADSL + Ethernet Surge Protection. What is chaining?

I would like to protect my home network setup with surge protectors. The products I am looking at are: APC Essential SurgeArrest 5 outlets 230V APC ProtectNet standalone surge protector for 10/100/...
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Toaster and Kettle cause my green power board to trigger

I had my computer connected to a green power board. The computer itself is on the master port and the screen, speakers, etc are on the slave ports. When the master port drops below 5 W, ie. when the ...
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Would a surge suppressor at the main be a good idea?

I recently upgraded my kitchen, and now have a refrigerator, stove, microwave, and dishwasher with electronic controls. Add to these my TV's, new high efficiency washing machine, and computers, and I'...
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What does a surge protector do that a breaker doesn't?

The circuit breakers in my home are 120VAC, 15A or 20A breakers. What would a surge protector (e.g. this or a power strip with surge protection) do that a breaker wouldn't do already?
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How to restore power after tripping a surge protection device?

What happened A new electric kettle apparently caused a loss of power in a circuit. The circuit is one of two 120V/20A lines protected by an Intermatic PanelGuard model IG1240R surge protection ...
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Is is safe to plug a surge protector into a 2-prong outlet using a 3-to-2-prong adapter?

I live in an apartment that has essentially no 3-prong electrical outlets. I need to plug in a modest amount of computer equipment (which has a mix of 2- and 3-prong plugs), and I want to plug this ...
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Why would my TV turn off/on when connected to a surge suppressor?

I have a very strange problem which may or may not be the TV. The TV is plugged in to a surge suppressor with the rest of my home theater. Satellite box is also plugged in to the suppressor, ...
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Is this surge protector defective?

I have purchased a high quality surge protector of a known brand in my country featuring six outlets. However, when I plug the adapter of my laptop into it or the surge protector or plug the surge ...
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Why is the red ground light on, on my AVBar10 surge suppressor?

I have a Tripp Lite AVBar10 that shows two green LED on the outside ("protected" and "line OK") and a red LED in the middle ("ground"). I went to Lowes and got an outlet tester, and all the circuits ...