How Often Should I Replace My Surge Protector and Why

Hopefully you have your electronics plugged in through a surge protector. Not just your desktop computer but your laptop computer and printer too. In fact anything that is electronic and plugs in is going to survive longer if it is connected to power through a surge protector. Unfortunately what a lot of people don’t know is that at some point that surge protector turns into an extension cord.

Surge protectors are rated by the number of joules it protects whatever is plugged into it from. A joule is just a measurement like inch or foot. When you go to buy a new surge protector you will usually see how many joules the surge protector is rated to protect you from on the packaging. What it doesn’t always tell you is how it actually works and that can cost you a lot more than the surge protector does.

Almost Everything Is Computerized Today

Electronics Most of the electronics we use these days is computerized in some way. Whether it is a television, stereo system, or an actual computer. These computerized devices are all very susceptible to power surges. In all honesty if a lightning strike is close enough no amount of protection is going to be enough. It is still important that you have your devices protected because even the smallest power surge can damage electronics.

Electrical surges and how they effect electronics is strange to say the least. There may be a massive surge at your house and nothing show damage and then other times a small surge may take out half of your electronics. Like a tornado there really is no rhyme or reason to why it strikes some and not others and other times not touch down at all.

Surge Protectors Die A Little Each Time They Save You

surge protector┬áSurge protectors don’t last forever. They actually die a little every surge they protect you from. Contrary to what most of us assumed, the number of joules listed on the packaging isn’t a total number of joules that the surge protector will protect you from every time there is a surge. It is a total number of joules that surge protector will protect you from period.

Every time a power surge comes through the number of joules it surges is actually subtracted from the number of joules that the surge protector is rated for. What this means is that all surge protectors should be replaced every 6 to 12 months depending on where you live. They should be replaced immediately after any noticeable surges.

Don’t Forget To Protect Everything

Most people do have their computer connected through a surge protector. Many even use surge protectors on their televisions and other important electronics. What most don’t know or just forget though is that everything your electronic devices is connected to also needs to be protected from power surges.

For Computers This Means

  • Printers
  • External Hard Drives That Plug In
  • Modems and Routers
  • Network Cables
  • Telephone Cables

For Televisions This Means

  • DVD Players and DVR’s
  • Antenna and Cable Coax
  • Gaming Systems
  • Sound/Stereo Devices
  • Computers
  • Telephone Cables
  • Network Cables

Basically anything that is connected to an electronic device that is capable of carrying an electronic charge needs to be protected with a surge protector or your component or device is at risk from being ruined. A power surge is sometimes even more likely to strike your television through the coax that is connected to the back of it than through the power outlet. Just like a computer is even more likely at times to be damaged from a power surge through the modem provided by your telephone or cable company. Feel free to ask if you have any concerns or questions.

 

 

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Brad is a true PC Helper. Having worked on computers since 1988 he's not only experienced at what he does but puts the computer owner above all else. Owning a computer should be a fun and a safe experience. That is the whole mission of the PC Helper program, taking care of you and your computer.

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Brad is a true PC Helper. Having worked on computers since 1988 he's not only experienced at what he does but puts the computer owner above all else. Owning a computer should be a fun and a safe experience. That is the whole mission of the PC Helper program, taking care of you and your computer.

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