When to Replace Your Surge Protector & Why It Matters

Surge protectors are designed to protect your electronic devices from power surges that can cause damage. Austere Power absorbs the excess voltage by diverting it away from your devices, keeping them safe. However, many people are unaware that surge protectors have a limited lifespan and need to be replaced periodically. Inside your surge protector is something called a metal oxide varistor, or MOV, that directs surges away from your equipment. This is the heart of a surge protector; unfortunately, these MOVs wear out. The red light you see just means the surge protector is turned on and doesn’t necessarily mean you still have protection.
These components that absorb power surges can wear out over time, reducing the effectiveness of the surge protector and leaving your devices vulnerable to damage. Here are a few reasons why you should upgrade your surge protector: 

Protect Your Investments

It is important to upgrade your surge protection to safeguard your investments and prevent potential damage that could result in costly repairs or replacements in your home. Old surge protectors may not be able to handle increased power demands, reducing efficiency and potentially leaving your devices vulnerable to power surges. Regularly updating your surge protection ensures your devices receive the necessary power without compromising their safety.

Increased Power Demands

As power demand increases, it puts a lot of strain on older surge protectors, eventually reducing their efficiency. This can potentially leave your valuable devices vulnerable to power surges. Therefore, we always recommend keeping your surge protectors up-to-date to ensure maximum protection against voltage fluctuations or power surges. Updating your surge protection ensures that your devices receive the necessary amount of power without compromising their safety. 

Aging Components and Wear 

Surge protectors have a limited life expectancy. They will wear out. Just like the tires on a car, they need to be periodically replaced. When electronic components inside a surge protector degrade over time, the device's ability to absorb and redirect excessive voltage decreases gradually. This can make the surge protector less effective in protecting your devices against sudden power surges or spikes. Upgrading your surge protection allows you to replace worn-out components, restoring the device's optimal protective capabilities and ensuring your electronics are safe from power surges.

Enhanced Safety Features

You can take advantage of the latest safety measures and updated technologies by replacing your old surge protectors. This will provide you with greater peace of mind and ensure that your devices remain protected against unexpected electrical events. Power companies across the globe recognize this risk and recommend getting a new surge protector to defend your equipment. Our recommendation is to get one with a Protection Indicator light. As long as that light is lit, you’re protected.

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All your electronic gear, like your home theater set-up, home office gear, and gaming system, need protection from harmful electrical surges and spikes. We recommend replacing your surge protection every few years or after they have absorbed a significant surge. Regularly updating your surge protectors ensures that your devices are consistently protected and reduces the risk of potential damage. For your more valuable equipment, get a surge protector with a Joule rating over 2000 Joules.  

If you're unsure where to start, our Austere Surge Protectors start at 2500 Joules, have indicator lights, and last longer than anything else in their class. Other features like Flameproof MOVs, 45W Power Delivery, and PureFiltration make it a great choice for everyday use. 

Contact Us if you have any questions regarding surge protection or Austere products. 

1 comment

  • pam

    Can I buy your surge protecters via retail stores?

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