OUR SAFETY & PROTECTION SERVICES
Mister Sparky® electricians can help protect your home from electric surges and prevent costly and destructive power surges. A power surge occurs when the line voltage goes higher than it is rated for and stays there longer than ten milliseconds. In today’s high-tech world, computerized appliances and electronics can be damaged or destroyed by surges in electrical lines. Every day appliances are zapped by an average of 20 power surges. These surges are power fluctuations that go unnoticed except by your appliances. The end result can shorten appliance lifespan by as much as 30%. That’s like paying full price for an appliance, then getting to use 2/3 of what you paid for.
Point of use surge protectors are designed to protect sensitive electronic equipment and major appliances in the home at their electric source. Point of use suppressors are usually devices that plug into the wall outlet and can handle surges up to 6,000 volts.
A whole-house surge protector is designed to protect your home again transient surges that enter through the home’s electric supply, but does not protect from surges created internally in the home when motors turn on and off. Whole home protectors are devices that are installed at the meter or electrical panel. These devices require the installation by a licensed electrical contractor.
The surge protector attempts to regulate the voltage supplied to an electric device by either blocking or by shorting to ground voltages above a safe threshold.
There are a number of reasons why power quality has become such an important issue. Today’s computer chips are more sensitive to even slight surges, and most homes and offices are using more equipment than ever before. Each time a device is turned on, transient voltages may be generated. Additionally, more microprocessor technology is being used than ever before, in personal computers, TVs, stereos, gaming systems, DVRs, refrigerators, washers, dryers, microwave ovens, dishwashers and just about any electrical device manufactured today.
Internal surges occur when devices with motors (like refrigerators and hair dryers) shut off. The energy these devices were consuming is suddenly redirected elsewhere in the form of excess voltage. Surges can also occur when the power company switches power from one geographic area of the grid to another to meet system demand. And, thunderstorms and lightening are the most dramatic and destructive causes of power line problems and electric surges.
Contact us today for a complementary evaluation your home’s electrical safeguards. Mister Sparky protects valuable electronic products with whole home surge protection in San Antonio, Alamo Heights, Boerne, Comfort, and New Braunfels, TX, plus the surrounding areas.
Prompt, efficient friendly staff, Bryan and George were both a pleasure to meet and do business with. I would most definitely recommend this company. I would also add how impressed I am with the pride they show in the community services they provide. For me that is going above and beyond.
Well my thoughts of Mister Sparky. Well Mister Sparky is definitely on time courteous and very professional. Like one of the family. My first call for any electrical or any Appliance services that I would need. Would be Mister Sparky. Thank you Mr. Sparky.
Called Mr Sparky and they were prompt! We were putting our home on the market and had one issue that needed immediate attention. Within five minutes of arriving they found the problem! Josh was our technician; he was friendly, honest, and courteous. You can trust Mr. Sparky to not only get the job done, but to be fair and not gouge you with high prices. We recently had an electrical storm which caused a power surge and we lost power to a few outlets.
Had a problem with electricity arcing in my main circuit breaker box. All lights upstairs would flicker or go out completely. Luckily, I have a home warranty and the cost will be reimbursed. Called for a repair on a Sunday and a tech was at my house in about an hour or so. He took the time to show me the bad panel and breakers (I could hear the pop and crackle of the electricity). The electrician was extremely friendly and knowledgeable. The Problem was fixed and everything seems to be working fine. I would recommend them in the future.