How can I protect my appliances from surges and interruptions to my electricity supply?
Surges and interruptions to your supply can damage things like computers, televisions, stereos, washing machines and dryers, and heat pumps. There are a few things you can do to minimise the damage, which we’d strongly recommend.
1. Install a product that will minimise damage. What you’ll need will depend on your circumstances. Your local electrician or electrical store can help you choose the best product or combination of products for you. If you’re keen to do a bit of research yourself, there are some great online resources that discuss these issues in depth. The types of product you can choose from include:
- Surge protectors
- Power conditioners
- Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS)
2. Make sure you have insurance that covers you for loss or damage due to interruptions or fluctuations in electricity supply.
3. Switch off all electrical appliances at the wall if your power goes off. This can help prevent damage if there is an electricity surge when the supply is restored. Just leave a light or two on so you know when it has come back on.