What you need to know about your surge protector

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Surge protectors are very important in any home or office, if only to protect and prolong the lifespan of your appliances. As website howstuffwork.com put it, it is basically a device that protects your electronics from being harmed by spikes in the voltage sent through the power source. “If the surge or spike is high enough, it can inflict some heavy damage on a machine. The effect is very similar to applying too much water pressure to a hose. If there is too much water pressure, a hose will burst. Approximately the same thing happens when too much electrical pressure runs through a wire — the wire “bursts.” Actually, it heats up like the filament in a light bulb and burns, but it’s the same idea. Even if increased voltage doesn’t immediately break your machine, it may put extra strain on the components, wearing them down over time.”

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You have to Regularly Replace Them

Apparently though, this device has some sort of expiration – which is unknown to most device owners. Website lifehacker.com shares that the surge protector should be replaced every two years or so to ensure that your electronics remain adequately protected.American Solar Energy Society

“Surge protectors work by absorbing excess voltage into a metal oxide varistor (MOV) so your electronics don’t take the hit. The protective MOV degrades based on how much it’s absorbed over time, and once it’s done, there’s no more protection being provided.”

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Big List of Electrician Services. To enable you to choose the best surge protector your money can buy, CNET.com came up with a list of nine things you have to know about surge protectors. “Whether you’re just looking to add more outlets, or want to add a layer of protection between your gear and the outside world, you’ll eventually want to buy a surge protector. With an incredible range of prices and features, not to mention a barrage of questionable marketing promises, it’s hard to figure out what’s worth the money, and what’s nonsense.”

Check out the list here.

So when was the last time you bought a surge protector?