The Humble Surge Protector Safeguarding your devices and appliances

The Humble Surge Protector Safeguarding your devices and appliances

Load shedding, power outages & black-outs; call it what you will, it’s frustrating, costly and annoying. Handyman Homes offers turn-key electrical solutions to safe-guard and protect your devices and appliances at affordable rates.

With Cape Town’s electrical supply being unstable and unreliable at present, we at Handyman Homes want to assist you in making informed maintenance choices for your home, office or commercial property.

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What is a surge protector?

surge protector or surge suppressor is an appliance or device designed to protect electrical devices from voltage spikes. A surge protector attempts to limit the voltage supplied to an electric device by either blocking or shorting to ground any unwanted voltages above a safe threshold.

Do you really need a surge protector?

You should definitely use a surge protector with your computer. It is filled with voltage-sensitive components that a power surge could damage very easily. A surge protector will generally extend the life of these devices, and there’s always a chance that a big power surge will causes severe damage.

How long do surge protectors last?

Three to five years.

Yep, that’s right: Surge protectors don’t last forever. Most estimates put the average lifespan of a surge protector at three to five years. And if your home is subject to frequent blowouts or blackouts, you might want to replace your surge protectors as often as every two years.

Are whole house surge protectors worth it?

Do Whole House Surge Protectors Really Work? Yes! A wholehouse suppressor instantly blocks the surge from entering home circuits to provide comprehensive lightning protection. Individual plug-in suppressors can’t protect electronics that aren’t plugged in, but are hard-wired instead.

Can I install a whole house surge protector myself?

While you can easily plug a simple surge protector into any outlet yourself, a whole house surge protector involves (carefully) accessing the main power panel box or hiring an electrician from Handyman Homes.

Whole House Surge Protector


A professionally installed whole-house surge protector can save you thousands over its initial investment cost. A whole house surge protector can save you the replacement costs of your many sensitive and expensive electrical devices, from your home entertainment system, to kitchen appliances, home office equipment and mobile technology, paying for themselves in the event of even a single power surge. 

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  1. Peter Osborne says:

    What is the cost involve to install this type of surge protector on the DB board

  2. jonty smith says:

    So relevant and informative, thank you Handyman Jools.

  3. Carolyn | The Organic Gypsy says:

    Great post! Would love a whole-house surge protector. On my wish-list for sure!

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