How to Protect your Appliances during Storms

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Home appliances have come a long way over the years and truly make our lives a lot easier. However, with the advancement we’ve all experienced with technology, there should be added measures for protection.

These high-tech appliances can easily blow circuit boards during storms that feature power outages and surges when power grids attempt to come online. Additionally, appliances that experience flooding need extra attention before being put back into use.

If you know that a storm is approaching, items such as dishwashers, washing machines, dryers, trash compactors, stoves, cook-tops, ovens and window air-conditioners should be turned off before a storm rolls through.

Any appliance with a touchpad or circuit board is especially vulnerable. The only exception to this rule is refrigerators.

What to do During a Storm

When the storm hits and the lights begin to flicker, unplug appliances or shut them off at the main circuit panel in your home. You shouldn’t leave your house during the storm if your appliances are on or operating.

There are many stories of homeowners that had left appliances unattended at home on during a storm and returned to find clothes dryers on fire from clogged lint discharge ductwork or flooded kitchen floors from malfunctioning dishwashers.

What to do After a Storm

If you were to lose power during a storm and it remains off, your most at-risk appliance is your refrigerator and its contents. It’s always a good idea to take items that spoil quickly to your freezer, as that will stay cooler longer. When power is restored, it can take up to 12 hours for your fridge and/or freezer to return to optimal performance.

Additionally, all other appliances should remain off until twenty minutes after the power is restored. It is crucial to wait this amount of time because large surges of power to your home in a short amount of time can create new outages and may even damage your circuit board.

Add Protection to your Home

Remember with power outages is that the outage itself isn’t exactly what causes harm, it’s the sudden surge of electricity when the power comes back on that can damage your appliances. The best way to protect your appliances during a power outage is to install surge protectors.

What are Surge Protectors?

Surge protectors are exactly as what the name suggests. They protect your appliances from electrical surges. However, there are two types of surge protectors you should be aware of. There are point of use surge protectors and whole-house surge protectors.

Point of use Surge Protectors

A point of use surge protector provides a buffer between the socket and the appliance and contains an extra wire called the ground wire. When there is an electrical surge, a tiny device inside your surge protector redirects the extra voltage to the ground wire and away from your appliance.

Whole-House Surge Protectors

A whole-home surge protector basically works in the same way a point-of-use surge protector does. It monitors the electric current and blocks or diverts the extra voltage. However, it is different in that is installed at your home’s main electrical panel to block surges that may come.

October 2017




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