Surge Guard® Protecting Your Electrical Equipment From Harmful Surges Did you know that many of the appliances and electronic equipment you use everyday could be severely damaged by even the slightest surge in electricity. That's because items like flat screen TVs, washing machines, stereos, desktop computers and DVD players are very sensitive to any change in electric voltage. If any of these items are damaged by an electrical surge, you will have to repair or replace the item. Electric Power Surges Can Be Caused By Many Factors, Including: Lightning hitting power, phone, or cable lines Trees, birds or animals coming into contact with a power line Vehicle or other accidents involving utility equipment Poor grounding and improper or faulty wiring Cycling on and off of large motors Palmetto Electric already has lightning and surge protection built into its system of power lines. However, Surge Guard protection is an added measure you can choose to help ensure your electrical equipment is as safe as possible. Frequently Asked Questions What is a Power Surge? Why do I need point-of-use surge protectors if I have the Primary MB-SPD installed at electric meter? What causes a Power Surge? Will a Surge Guard Meter-Based Surge Protection Device protect everything? What are the protection limitations of the Surge Guard Meter-Based Surge Protection Device? Will it protect me from something as severe as a direct lightning strike? If the Surge Guard MB-SPD fails, will it cut off power to my house? How long will the Surge Guard units last? What do the red lights on the Surge Guard Meter-Based SPD unit mean? If my electricity goes off, will the Surge Guard Meter-Based SPD help? Is Surge Guard an insurance policy? What happens if I cancel Surge Guard MB-SPD or move before the three-year commitment is up? Why do I need a primary SPD at the meter? Can't I use point-of-use surge protectors throughout my home? Will Surge Guard help protect a well pump or sprinkler system? Q. What is a Power Surge? A. Minor voltage fluctuations are normal on any electrical system and typically are harmless. However, a power “surge” or “spike” is when there is a rapid rise in the voltage and flow of power, which usually causes damage (often unseen). Q. What causes a Power Surge? A. Downed power lines, bad weather, birds and squirrels coming in contact with power lines, and even the normal cycling on and off of large appliances can cause a momentary surge that can be damaging to your household equipment. Q. Will a Surge Guard Meter-Based Surge Protection Device protect everything? A. This device (like any other surge protection product) is not designed to handle direct or nearby lightning strikes, to keep your clocks from blinking after an outage or to save energy. Devices making such claims are likely a scam and desire close evaluation before buying. To date, no one product can completely protect you from the forces of nature! Note: A Meter-Based SPD alone may not provide enough protection for your electronic equipment. Electronic equipment is becoming more complex and sensitive to power surges. Surges can enter via phone or cable lines. For this reason, we highly recommend using both a Meter-Based device for general protection and quality point-of-use outlet protectors for added protection for your sensitive electronic equipment such as TVs, DVD players, garage door openers, satellite and computer systems. Q. What are the protection limitations of the Surge Guard Meter-Based Surge Protection Device? A. The MB-SPD can only prevent power surges that come in through the power line. It cannot prevent surges that enter through other paths like phone lines, cable lines, or outdoor electric circuits (i.e. driveway lights, sprinkler systems). It is not designed to handle direct or nearby lightning strikes or sustained/continuous overvoltages. Q. Will it protect me from something as severe as a direct lightning strike? A. No. Nothing is a complete guarantee from a direct lightning strike. No product on the market can effectively handle such a high level of energy. Q. If the Surge Guard MB-SPD fails, will it cut off power to my house? A. No. The SPD will self-sacrifice if affected by a surge larger than it’s rate for. When this happens, the SPD goes off line. The Meter-Based SPD will not cut off power to your house but the unit will becomes inactive. The status light on the unit will go off if the device fails. Q. How long will the Surge Guard units last? A. The number, duration and intensity of surges that the component sees over its lifetime determine the lifespan of a Surge Protection Device. However, if the Surge Guard MB-SPD fails Palmetto Electric will replace it free of charge as long as you continue to pay the monthly service fee. Q. What do the red lights on the Surge Guard Meter-Based SPD unit mean? A. The red status lights indicate the unit is working normally. If you notice that one of the red lights is off, please contact Palmetto Electric for service. Q. If my electricity goes off, will the Surge Guard Meter-Based SPD help? A. No, the SPD does not provide backup power nor will it prevent power outages. They are designed only to help prevent power line surges that could cause damage to appliances and equipment within your home. However, the Surge Guard program offers UPS systems that will provide backup power for critical point-of-use applications. Q. Is Surge Guard an insurance policy? A. No, but the surge protection devices utilized through the Surge Guard program have limited Manufacturer’s Connected Equipment Warranties. If an item fails due to a power surge entering through the electric meter, there will be damage to the primary SPD and/or point-of-use SPDs. If an item fails and there is no damage to the primary and/or point-of-use protectors, this means a surge did not enter through those paths and the manufacturer’s warranty will not cover the damage. Other than the manufacturer’s warranty, no warranty is made, expressed or implied. See the mb-spd warranty for more details. Q. What happens if I cancel Surge Guard MB-SPD or move before the three-year commitment is up? A. If you request for the Meter-Based SPD to be removed before the three-year commitment period expires, you will be charged a cancellation fee. However, if you move and relocate to another home within Palmetto Electric’s service area, we can transfer the service to your new home and there is no fee. Q. Why do I need a primary SPD at the meter? Can't I use point-of-use surge protectors throughout my home? A. Most point-of-use protectors are not designed to handle the intensity of a large power surge. The high capacity rating of the Surge Guard Meter-Based SPD will suppress large surges and provide a layer of protection that is adequate for major appliances within the home, like stoves, refrigerators, washers, dryers, air conditioners as well as the wiring. However, sensitive electronic items such as TV's, computers, microwaves and garage door openers can be affected low-level surges that are below the threshold of the mb-spd as well through the communication lines. For this reason, point-of-use surge protection devices are recommended as the second layer of the surge protection for these sensitive items. Q. Why do I need point-of-use surge protectors if I have the Primary MB-SPD installed at electric meter? A. The primary unit helps protect major appliances like your washer/dryer, stove, refrigerator and water heater. Point-of-use protectors will help protect sensitive electronics from low-level surges that enter through electric, cable and telephone lines. You should have a point-of-use protector for each electronic item you wish to protect. Electronic items include entertainment systems, computers, garage door openers and microwave ovens. Q. Will Surge Guard help protect a well pump or sprinkler system? A. The primary MB-SPD will help protect against power surges that enter through the electric meter. However, it can’t prevent damage caused by direct or nearby lightning strikes.
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