We all have our own stories of how the TV just stopped working, or a certain kitchen appliance got damaged. Often times there are no explanations and we either send them off for repair or replace them with new ones without even finding out what went wrong in the first place.
There are certain determining factors that are the reason behind these often unexplained damages to electronics devices and power outlets. Here are 3.
3 Factors That Can Damage Electronics
We know that when there’s smoke coming out of a power outlet or a device while it’s functioning, that signals something burning within the device. Naturally, anybody would rush to unplug the device to avoid a fire or short-circuiting.
So how does smoke really damage electronics? When covered in smoke, it causes overheating within the device. The black film that covers any surface when there’s smoke is what really starts the trouble. When the black film covers a surface within the electronic device, it also ends up insulating the parts that produce heat – which in certain cases can cause short-circuiting.
A lot of electronic devices, or even just certain parts of them are sensitive to moisture. How does moisture even accumulate in a device in the first place? Well, sometimes it does so during the manufacturing process due to the environment of the place it is being made in.
Other than that, condensation is another reason that results in moisture accumulation within the devices and its components. This usually happens if the internal temperature of the room where the device is, is cooler than the temperatures on the outside.
3. Power Surges
Power surges are what can be described as sudden spikes in the voltage that usually last for a few seconds. But it is in those seconds that they can sometimes damage appliances and electronics beyond repair; it could be anything from just a power outlet or phone charger to bigger appliances like air conditioners, TVs, refrigerators, etc. Any power surge damage can end up costing you hundreds of dollars in repairment bills or replacing the damaged devices with new ones on short notice.
Electronics, in general, are made to withstand certain voltage capacities that pass through when plugged in or connected to the main home wiring. When a power surge occurs it sends a burst of electricity way more than the designated amount needed by the appliance, often times burning the device from within or its plug and wiring.
How Can You Protect the Electronics in Your Home?
Surge Protectors and Coverage Plans
There are sure ways to protect your electronic devices from the damage caused by fluctuating electrical voltage, considering there isn’t much that can be done about preventing them from occurring in the first place. Power surges are usually triggered by lightning, power blackouts, overloaded circuits and faulty wiring.
Surge protectors are essentially just like power extension cords and/or multi-plugs, except they come with built-in mini circuit breakers of sorts, that ground the excess voltage instead of letting it pass onto the device. They’re great for protecting your appliances because power surges can occur at any moment and often go unnoticed too; sometimes they also occur multiple times in a day which can prove to be very damaging.
On the other hand Surge Coverage Plans are another alternative to protecting your electronics from damages as a result of power surges. These plans are available at very affordable monthly rates, where they provide monetary compensation for the repairs and replacements of any devices damaged because of a power surge. These can include anything from gaming consoles and TVs, to laptops, computers, smart devices, kitchen appliances and even utility appliances like washing machines and dryers.
Install Smart Smoke Detectors
Smoke is one reason that can damage electronics. It would be wise to install a smart smoke detector because these work better than ordinary ones. Smart smoke detectors can pick up on anything from smoldering fires, to fast-burning ones – and send alerts to your smartphones instantly apart from just sounding the alarm. Catching smoke or fires early on can save you the trouble of a lot of damage, and not just to your home, but to your electronic devices that can get damaged in the process should there be excess smoke.
Use a Dehumidifier
A dehumidifier works to reduce the moisture in the air of a room, which is why it is one of the best options to resort to if your home gets humid quite often, especially in the summer season. This would help prevent moisture from accumulating in your electronic devices as well, apart from humidity damaging the furniture and other interiors of the room alike.
Now that you’re aware of these hidden factors that you probably didn’t know affect your home electronics, you can find them at FirstEnergy Home. Head on over to their website www.firstenergyhome.com and browse through their catalog that includes dehumidifiers, smart smoke detectors, and surge coverage plans too. So what are you waiting for? You know the ways you can protect your home electronics better, so get to it!