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I think I've been hit by a surge
8 replies to this topic
Posted April 05 2005 - 04:28 PM
All of the surge protectors have the "surge" light on, after the power went out and on again. How do I reset it, or am I supposed to even worry about it! I've tried unplugging it and plugging it back in but the light is still on. I'd look in the manual- but who honestly keeps the manuals to surge protectors!?
Posted April 05 2005 - 06:29 PM
Perhaps see if a fuse is blown, or tripped. It should be somewhere on the side of the bar usually. Dan
Posted April 06 2005 - 04:25 AM
Some have a reset button but judging from what you're saying, this one doesn't. The light can come on for a variety of reasons. The unit no longer sees a ground. Get a $4 circuit tester over at Home Depot and check for proper wiring. It died for whatever reason. Buy a new one. What were you using?
Posted April 06 2005 - 04:56 AM
Don't hold me to this, but the "cheap" surge protectors are said to only protect you once. After they take the first surge, a part inside burns out. I guess that is when the red light comes on. The 2nd surge will zip right to your equipment. Glenn
Posted April 06 2005 - 05:48 AM
WOW, ok I see what you guys are saying now. It wasn't just one, multiple protectors are all 'lit' One is a monster(kind of a lower end model) and another is a Cyber power. Dammit- I have to replace them all?!
Posted April 06 2005 - 05:56 AM
If you own your own house, look into a whole house device. Your utility company may even install it for a nominal charge per month. The longevity of a surge protector is related to its joules rating assuming your getting MOV based devices. For a fairly inexpensive one, consider a Stratitec available at Sam's Club or at directron.com. Somewhere around $20.
Posted April 06 2005 - 06:04 AM
Looks like they did their jobs. Be glad that you're not replacing all of your equipment!
"The man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life." Muhammed Ali, (Cassius Clay)
Posted April 06 2005 - 10:46 AM
You are correct... mostly: It would be more accurate to say that inexpensive surge protectors (typically build with varistors) have a finite life which depends on the intensity and frequency of the voltage spikes. -- H
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