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With all the electronic in are houses today does anyone have any thoughts on whole house surge protectors ( cost?)
 

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With all the electronic in are houses today does anyone have any thoughts on whole house surge protectors ( cost?)
The definitive decision is still out. Nothing is foolproof or guaranteed.

The local electric company tried selling this service a few years ago. I don't believe that they got enough interest generated to continue the option.

It was pricey in the long run. Statistically, it may be wasted money.

In 2004 my mother's house took a hit. A hurricane took out a tree branch and the weatherhead to the meter pan. The resulting surge took out a couple of ceiling fans, microwave, her VCR and other smaller electrical gadgets; didn't harm the larger appliances.

Yes, it cost several hundred dollars for the family to replace the damaged equipment but it was nowhere near meeting the insurance deductible ($1000).

When the electric company offered the surge service the cost of the deductible would have been met in four years.

Here she is 12 years later and no problems. The probability still exists that she could take a hit but statistically it is very unlikely. If she had opted for the service she would be $3000+ poorer. That cost would continue to grow by $1000 with each four years that passes.

Please do the research. It may or may not be worth it. If your area has a higher probability of lightning strikes or power surges then it may be worth it. If not, then...
 

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The fire that burned my last residence was caused by a power surge. The inspector said there was nothing to stop the surge and it fried my breakers and was like an ark welder in the service panel. It started in the garage and burned the garage and half the house. What wasn't burned was damaged by water and the chemicals the fire dept. put on the suppress the fire.

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With all the electronic in are houses today does anyone have any thoughts on whole house surge protectors ( cost?)
I have a grounding net that would make a Faraday cage feel bad, serious independent APC/UPC/surge protection, multiple arrestors and I still got BBQ'd...

so what level do you want to enter on and where do you want to go...
isolated grounds are your friend...
 

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The fire that burned my last residence was caused by a power surge. The inspector said that it fried the breakers and was like an arc welder in the main service box feeding line voltage into my panel. It burned the garage and half the house and what ever was not burned was damaged by water and chemicals the fire dept. sprayed on to suppress the fire.

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i am not so worried about the house burning down as helping protect mt electronic in the house come on wash machine stove refrigerator computers televisions and everything got all electronic crap in it getting in Fried !
I have surge protection on some but not all.
friend just had to replace furnace brain that was surged $300
 

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A whole house surge protector sounds like overkill. I have purchased a couple of high capacity uninterruptable power supplies with surge protection built in for my computers. A typical power surge here is brief and brief power failures are more common. We're on the first connections of power from the Hoover dam, so there is a lot of switching going on with shutdowns just long enough to crash the computers' hard drives, so battery power to keep them running is a better choice.
 

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I have a whole house surge protector , but it basically protects equipment from something in the house or garage doing damage to the rest of the system . It's installed inside the breaker panel and was just over 100 bucks . Had it installed when the electrician upgraded the panel to 200 amps .

I have Rockford Fosgate power conditioners on both my home theatre and main computer .
Worse case senario these power conditioners will be destroyed yet the equipment they supply will be fine . At least that's what I've read on the reviews . One time my stereo shut off on its own and I was wondering what the heck happened , only to look at the power conditioners and see that our utility companies power went from 120V to 136V . The system recognized this as a problem and shut the stereo down . Kinda cool I thought
 

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start w/ a panel surge protection...
and do redundant on what you value the most...
 

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$1000 deductible is high, IMHO. We checked when years ago and the differences weren't that much. We have $250 which is the minimum.
 
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