There is always a chance that an extensive power surge will cause critical damage and here surge protectors come handy. It is very simple, they regulate the voltage and current within your electrical appliances either through grounding or blocking making a safe level for your household equipment.
Avoid Damage from Sudden Power Surges As we already mentioned, this is the most important function of surge protectors. They not only protect your electrical appliances and your facility during the event of a power surge but come handy during a lightning storm as well.
If your house does not have proper electricity flow, then during this instance there is a high probability that fuses will blow out. Surge protectors control the flow of power, helping your circuits function more consistently.
Installation of surge protectors keeps your home safe and offers several benefits including: Reduced Maintenance Costs Different systems of your house are at great risk if you have not installed surge protectors.
Even if a negligible amount of current that passes through it in an unexpected course, it will be diverted to the ground by most three-prong outlets. FCI outlets completely shut off electrical power as soon as they sense current inconsistency.
It protects us from having unpleasant shocks from power spikes, defective equipment, or contact with water. A FCI outlet prevents the leakage of current in its path until it has the chance to spark an electrical fire.
These outlets are a big benefit for fire safety and prevention whether you live in an older home that may be susceptible to electrical oddities. FCS protect people from electric shock in wet areas like kitchens and bathrooms.
Ground fault circuit interrupters (FCI) offer protection against electric shock in areas like kitchens, bathrooms, and garages. FCS prevent this from happening by cutting off the electric current when an imbalance occurs.
FCS cut off the electric supply to the outlet when varying incoming and outgoing current is detected to protect people against electrocution. The main advantage of a FCI is that it immediately cuts off the circuit when it senses a change in the electric current.
Electrical code requires FCI protection in wet areas like kitchens, bathrooms, laundry rooms, garages, exteriors, etc. FCI outlets provide shock protection near water, like bathrooms and kitchens.
However, electrical panels can also have FCI breakers installed to give the same protection. Many new homes now have combination breakers that provide both FCI and arc-fault circuit interrupter (AFC) protection to meet recent electrical code changes.
Surge protectors prevent voltage spikes from reaching and damaging appliances and electronic devices. This surge in voltage is also called transient voltage or a power surge, and it can be caused by many reasons, including a lightning strike that might hit a nearby power line.
Voltage spikes up to 100,000 volts can cause severe damage to all the appliances plugged into the circuit. The main reason why there is a need for surge protection is that a sudden increase in voltage can damage the wiring and internal circuitry of electronics and appliances.
If you want to protect your electronics from voltage spikes, be sure to purchase a specific power strip designed to act as a surge protector well. Thus, people are frequently recommended purchasing these surge protectors to ensure that their electronics are protected from voltage surges.
Surge protectors in the form of power strips are perhaps the most common way people combat voltage spikes. Regardless of which method of protection you choose, it is necessary to use a surge protector as voltage spikes can occur at any time and cause irreversible damage.
If you plan to use surge protection, this is the safest option for your entire house. Due to the dangers involved with current and voltage, there are many ways we can protect not only ourselves but also our regular-use electronics from being damaged.
One might confuse FCI and a surge protector due to their similar nature, but it is vital to remember that FCS are necessary to protect ourselves from electrocution. Simultaneously, surge protectors are needed to ensure that our appliances are safe from voltage spikes that can cause significant damage to their wires and internal circuits.
Thus, FCI and a surge protector are two completely different methods of using electricity safely. Once the difference between them is clear, it is essential to ensure that you utilize these protective measures.
Hubert Miles is compensated for referring traffic and business to these companies. Abishop (Andy Bishop) November 26, 2006, 1:55am #1I was going to look into this on my own and not here but thought why not ask the pro’s, so others could learn also if needed.
I had an Elect friend tell me that a FCI is not the same as a surge protector and I agree but do they do the same thing? A FCI protects from ground faults (such as an electrical short), whereas a surge protector protects against surges (such as a lightning strike or a power outage).
In fact, all of my surge protectors have built-in FCI and a test and reset button. Pdickerson (Paul Dickerson) November 26, 2006, 6:31am #3A FCI looks for a current imbalance in the hot and neutral wires.
I don’t know exactly what the current trip threshold is, but it is in the neighborhood of 15-30 Williams. A surge protector protects against excessive voltage resulting from a lightning strike or similar event.
This has become a very complex part of the industry and more information can be found by Googling the topic. Generally speaking, there are 2 main differences between Surge Arr esters and TOSS.
(** Surge Arr esters-**Line side of service disconnecting means, TVSS-load side of service disconnecting means) Type of protection they offer, Each offers different types of protection (Generally: Surge Arr esters -Lightning, high voltage, TOSS -transients).
Rray (Russel Ray) November 26, 2006, 3:18pm #5Useful post, Pierre. Rcooke (Roy D. Cooke, Sr) November 26, 2006, 3:46pm #7 Thanks Russel.
Rray (Russel Ray) November 26, 2006, 4:11pm #8 I do not think I can join NACHO. Anyone can join NACHO providing that they pass the appropriate tests, have the appropriate knowledge, etc.
If you come across a home with the old 2 wire system and no ground, how do you call out recommendations if they ask? I just googled the FCI and Surge combo and that is pretty sweet.
Rray (Russel Ray) November 27, 2006, 2:16am #15I like Roy and George, or at least the recommendations in the above two posts. Something to think about if a refrigerator trips a FCI protected device or circuit.
There may be something wrong with the refrigerator, something that may cause a shock or even electrocute someone … don’t you think that it is worth the tripping of this circuit if that is true. An appliance is only permitted to have 1/2 of 5 Williams of leakage current… way too little to trip the FCI.
So…if a FCI trips, be careful, as the appliance may have malfunctioning wiring. Mena_Xiao (MENA Ciao) September 22, 2017, 2:24am #17I’m now using a desktop surge protector power strip but don’t know whether it is built-in FCI.
Sfetty (Dave Betty, CMI) April 23, 2019, 4:16pm #20C’Mon man… if you don’t know the difference between a FCI device and a surge protector… this may not be the career for you. A CPD, specifically labeled as not acceptable as a FCI used as a pool equipment breaker.