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K9-Lovers 03-02-2011 09:09 PM

Do Surge Protectors Work if Turned Off?
 
We recently had SECO install a whole-house surge protector, and they also supplied some plug-in surge protectors for computer equipment, etc. That got me to thinking . . .

Does a surge protector work when it is turned off? Does it have to be turned on with the little light glowing in order to keep your electronics safe?

I'm sure there are some folks on TOTV who know the real answer to this question, so thanks!

K9-Lovers 03-05-2011 07:24 PM

Okay all you electrical gurus out there . . . someone must know the answer to this question.

Looking on the internet, you find all kinds of opinions. I just want the truth.:confused:

Bill-n-Brillo 03-05-2011 07:42 PM

From a manufacturer's web site. Click on the 6th question from the top:

http://www.panamax.com/Customer-Service/FAQ.aspx

Bill

K9-Lovers 03-05-2011 07:58 PM

Here's the answer for other inquiring minds:

". . .as long as the surge protector is plugged into a properly grounded wall receptacle, all outlets are protected regardless of the position of the on/off switch."

Thank you! :a040:

skyguy79 03-05-2011 09:40 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by K9-Lovers (Post 335081)
We recently had SECO install a whole-house surge protector, and they also supplied some plug-in surge protectors for computer equipment, etc.

We also had a whole-house surge protector installed. What we found out after the installation is that if the protector ring takes a single hit, it will no longer work and would need replacement. The person that told us this was Alan Byer, a master electrican!
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Bill-n-Brillo 03-05-2011 09:41 PM

You're most welcome, K9!

Bill :)

memason 03-05-2011 09:44 PM

I thought as long as your refrigerator light is out, when the door is closed, the surge protector is working properly. Is there another way to check it ???

Bill-n-Brillo 03-05-2011 09:59 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by memason (Post 335846)
I thought as long as your refrigerator light is out, when the door is closed, the surge protector is working properly. Is there another way to check it ???

Hey Mike - have you checked the one in the freezer yet? :a20:

Bill:wave:

K9-Lovers 03-05-2011 10:04 PM

Memason. . . . are you making fun of me? ;)

Where did you take that photo of your avatar?

K9-Lovers 03-05-2011 10:13 PM

Okay, you can close the door now so I can see if the light goes off.
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skyguy79 03-05-2011 10:19 PM

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Originally Posted by K9-Lovers (Post 335857)
Okay, you can close the door now so I can see if the light goes off.
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Lightning 03-05-2011 10:49 PM

Surge Protection
 
The purpose of a surge protection device (SPD) is to protect appliances and sensitive electronic equipment from INDIRECT lightning strikes. You need to consider Primary and Secondary SPD. Primary SPDs are either installed behind your electric meter by SECO or Progress Energy. Or you can have an electrician install a SPD on your electric panel. In either case this is to protect your hardwired appliances, (dishwasher, A/C, furnace, etc.). Then you need Secondary SPD for any electronic equipment that you value (computers, TV, refrig., etc) with a plug-in device or a power strip that has a connection for coiax cable and/or telephone cable. See the Lightning Matters column in the March 2011, December 2010 and August 2010 POA Bulletin for further details. These can be found on the POA web site.

K9-Lovers 03-05-2011 10:59 PM

Ah, Lightning. Thank you. Can you clarify for me please... do I need a plug in device for my stove and washer/dryer also?

I had SECO install a collar behind the meter, and now I want to protect my major appliances.

memason 03-06-2011 06:40 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by K9-Lovers (Post 335856)
Memason. . . . are you making fun of me? ;)

Where did you take that photo of your avatar?

Sorry....wasn't making fun of "you"... Just making fun and hijacking! The topic just reminded me of the "if a tree falls ..." question.

At any rate, I know a lot more about surge protectors now . . . :p

K9-Lovers 03-06-2011 07:09 PM

We all still want to know where that avatar picture was taken, Memason. Looks like you were headed to no-man's land!


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