How a Surge Protector Works
Surge protectors function by using one of these two methods:
- Metal Oxide Varistor (MOV): This method works by having the surge protector absorb excess voltage and divert the current to ground.
- Gas Exchange Discharge Arrestor (GDR): The GDR is made up of gas which is normally a poor conductor at a certain voltage level. However, when there’s an electrical surge, the voltage causes the gad to ionize, making it an effective conductor. The current is then passed to the ground line. Once the voltage returns to normal levels, the gas returns to its original state as a poor conductor.
What Causes Electrical Surges?
Electrical surges can cause significant damage to homes and commercial buildings. Not only can they damage appliances and electronics, but they can also pose a safety risk to occupants. Electrical surges have different causes depending on if they are internal or external. These causes include:
- Internal: Internal surges can be caused by motors turning on and off, or the introduction of large appliances such as dryers, HVAC systems, fans, shop tools, and more.
- External: External surges can occur from lightning, damaged utility lines, power outages, and more.
Whether caused by internal electrical issues or external forces, a surge protector acts as a first line of defense against electrical surges. Contact our surge protector team to shield your property from costly damages and ensure the safety of all those inside.
Contact Our Team for Northern Virginia Surge Protector Services
AirPlus Heating, Cooling & Electrical is a fully licensed and certified business that prides ourselves on providing excellent and timely service to all of our customers. Our team of skilled professionals is dedicated to completing every job to the highest standard and ensuring our customer's satisfaction every time.
We understand the importance of maintaining a comfortable home, which is why we offer 24/7 emergency services to keep your electrical system in top condition. With our knowledgeable staff and commitment to quality, you can trust us to provide the best surge protector services in the business.
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