Question by  Gunrunner (561)

What will happen if I don't use a surge protector?

Surges aren't all that common, are they?


Answer by  penrose (235)

If you don't use a surge protector, and the device you are using doesn't have a fuse or a built-in surge protector of its own, then you can fry your device. Its usually the first component that electricity gets to that gets burned out.


Answer by  racool (57)

Surges are like accidents. They come uninvited. So if you neglect to use surge protector, it is likely to affect the circuits in your costly electronic equipments. Ultimately the repair cost of the equipment will be more than the price of a surge protector.


Answer by  traumatised (3285)

Yes, surges are not that common on modern electrical grids, but they do happen occasionally. In that case, your electrical equipment will fry and be unusable. For sensitive or expensive equipment such as your computer, it always makes sense to have a surge protector as a backup, just in case. Cheaper to buy one than to replace a computer.


Answer by  Gabriel (2146)

With modern power grids, no. But if you live in a area that gets any lightening, one strike on a nearby line can literally fry your electronics.


Answer by  blahblah (670)

Instability in the power supply from the electrical company causes most surges. Surges are fairly common in some locations, particularly where the electrical infrastructure is old or has rapidly expanded. A surge protector won't protect you from a lightning strike. A surge can literally fry your electronics, causing either immediate failure or intermittent glitches.


Answer by  andaman (240)

it really depends where you are. some power systems and some devices have this built in, but if you are running some sensitive equipment, it always makes sense to have another surge protector as backup. on most modern electrical grids, surges aren't too common.


Answer by  John (9008)

If a surge occurs, and you have sensitive electronics, they will be damaged. Power surges are fairly common, especially during thunderstorms. If you have ever seen your lights dim, or had a power outage, you have had a power surge. Most electronics are not sensitive enough to be damaged. However, those that are (most commonly computers) can be completely destroyed.


Answer by  Kurt (4579)

Surges are not common, but when one does happen, it can ruin your electrical equipment. It is better to have one to be safe.

You have 50 words left!