Ready your home with a whole-house surge protector
Submitted by Danny Hixon, president of Thor Enterprises, LLC
One of the absolute best investments that will pay dividends every day is whole-house surge protection.
You will start saving money right away. Whole house surge protection (WHSP) helps to extend the life of all power consuming appliances by keeping harmful over-voltages, surges, brown outs, black outs and spikes from reaching your appliances and shortening their life.
All new appliances are made with circuit boards that control the functions of the appliance, including electronics with a touch pad control, such as the dishwasher, microwave, oven, cook top, crockpot, dryer, washer, TVs, computers, water softener, sprinkler system, alarm system, swimming pool controls, and your A/C system. Depending on which one or more of these takes a surge, the repair bill can range from a few hundred to several thousand dollars.
In many cases, a claim for the resulting damage on these electronics can be made on homeowners insurance. This will still cost the deductible and the inconvenience of doing without these items until repair/replacement can be made. In most cases, WHSP can be installed for less than your homeowners insurance deductible.
It does not matter how old or new the home is. It’s the newer appliances in the home that need surge protection for the electronic circuit boards in them. It is just a matter of time before something burns out without WHSP.
Surge protection is like most purchases – there is an extensive range to choose from. Most of the low end surge protectors do not provide adequate protection however the labor cost for installation regardless of the quality of the surge protection is the same.
Hixon is the president of Thor Enterprises, LLC in Houston, Texas. He is a licensed master electrician and electrical contractor who has served the entire greater Houston area for more than 25 years. Thor Enterprises specializes in service work including troubleshooting electrical problems and educating the consumer on their electrical needs. Hixon does commercial and residential electrical work needed on a small or large scale.
As of Sept. 16, 2011, this service provider was highly rated on Angie’s List. Ratings are subject to change based on consumer feedback, so check AngiesList.com for the most up-to-date reviews. The views expressed by this author do not necessarily reflect those of Angie’s List.