The Dangers of Electrical Surges

Losing power at home or work is a major hassle, but it can also create potentially dangerous problems such as electrical surges.

How dangerous are electrical surges?

When the power goes out, it's gone until the utility company is able to fix the issue. Sometimes outages are planned, but most of the time, they're accidental. When power outages are caused by lightning strikes, extreme cold or heat, or human accidents, the power may spike as the grid tries to return back to normal.

Power spikes can cause short circuits or even the total failure of some of your most expensive electronic appliances. From one severe surge, you might lose all of your appliances and electronics that were plugged in at the time, along with your expensive HVAC equipment. If an electrical surge starts a fire, you could even lose your home.

What to Do After an Electrical Surge

A large power surge can destroy circuits and wiring in an instant. Follow these steps to safely assess the possible damage after an electrical surge:

  1. Unplug devices and reset the circuit breaker. If the surge has caused a power outage, unplug all devices and appliances before resetting the circuit breaker.
  2. Inspect your appliances for damage. Turn your devices on and off one at a time to see if they are still functioning.
  3. Reset your HVAC unit. Resetting your HVAC unit should be done according to the manufacturer's specifications. If you don't have your owner's manual, let a professional reset the system.

Power surges can be seriously scary, but the professional HVAC team at Bailey Plumbing Heating Cooling can help you get your essential home systems back up and running so you can get on with your life. Contact us today at (800) 717-1793 for heater repairs, maintenance, and replacements.