One of the TV home improvement show electricians recommended using a
surge protector with current model clothes washers as they have so much
electronics controlling the wash cycle.
Most of the surge protectors I looked at spec an 1875 watt capacity. I
can't find any info on my machine's current draw and wonder if one of
those surge protectors would be OK or would it get fried?
Machine is LG 1201CW.
“You cannot push anyone up the ladder unless he is willing to climb.”
- Andrew Carnegie
The machine is for 120 volts at 10 amps. That is 1200 watts.
As many devices are only suspose to be about 1500 watts or less, you are
good to go with that surge protector.
Now is the time for a certain fellow to chime in and give a lot of talk
about how they are no good and the only one that works is a whole house
one or some such thing.
On Monday, May 22, 2017 at 3:46:18 PM UTC-4, Wade Garrett wrote:
Put a good whole house one in at the panel to protect all the stuff that's
only connected to just AC. TV, etc that are connected to cable, phone, etc
should have additional plug in protection that all those lines go through.
On Monday, May 22, 2017 at 7:36:50 PM UTC-4, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Apple did that even in the Apple II. It was as ineffective as power strip
A protector is only as effective as its earth ground. Explains why a 'whol
e house' protector (properly earthed) is so effective. And why MOVs withou
t that low impedance (ie less than 10 foot) connection to earth can even co
mpromise better protection already inside appliances.
Informed consumers always earth a 'whole house' solution. To enhance that
protection, then earth ground is upgraded. Since a protector (or MOV) is o
nly as effective as its earth ground.
On Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at 1:15:42 PM UTC-4, email@example.com wrote:
hole house' protector (properly earthed) is so effective. And why MOVs wit
hout that low impedance (ie less than 10 foot) connection to earth can even
compromise better protection already inside appliances.
at protection, then earth ground is upgraded. Since a protector (or MOV) i
s only as effective as its earth ground.
Yeah, I saw Uncle wondering where Wtom was and I figured he's be here
any minute as soon as the word surge was mentioned.
On Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at 12:23:20 PM UTC-4, westom wrote:
ole house' protector (properly earthed) is so effective. And why MOVs with
out that low impedance (ie less than 10 foot) connection to earth can even
compromise better protection already inside appliances.
Total nonsense, a plug-in will supplement the tiny MOV inside the appliance
and work with it. That's what the IEEE documents that have been provided
here many time say and show. The plug-in only increases the protection,
because it has much larger MOVs. And which MOV would a person rather
have an incoming surge see first? The big one in the inexpensive plug-in
surge protector that is easily replaced or the smaller one inside the
t protection, then earth ground is upgraded. Since a protector (or MOV) is
only as effective as its earth ground.
Still unanswered after all these years, if a direct, nearby, earth ground
is essential, then how do those MOVs inside appliances work? At times
you've held positions ranging from they work and that's why appliance
manufacturers put them in, to at other times denying that they use MOVs
On Tue, 23 May 2017 10:52:32 -0700 (PDT), trader_4
Before I did my inspector gig I was a hardware guy at IBM in Florida.
Lightning was our biggest single cause of failure until we learned a
bit about surge protection. A lot of the knowledge out there came from
central and SW Florida.
The first thing is most electronic damage is not coming from that
"finger of god" lightning strike right next to you. It comes from the
difference of potential between different machines. The classic is the
telco/modem and the PoCo/PC. That is what your primary surge
protection should deal with If you catch it at the service entrance,
all the better but you need all protectors tied to the same ground
You can also have smaller surges generated on the load side of the
service. This is why you use point of use protection. We also went as
far as running bonding wires between machines that were separated by
some distance making them as direct as possible and then looping the
data lines to make them longer., You can lake them look linger than
that with ferrites. The idea is your ground and your point of use
protector can stop the surge before it gets there.
I won't even try to make the case theoretically. I just know the
results. We went from 1000 lightning calls a year in my 3 county area
to about 2.
On Wed, 24 May 2017 09:55:44 -0700 (PDT), trader_4
A lot of this was done at State Farm in Winter Haven in conjunction
with the University of Central Florida. UCF has a very extensive
lightning program. I worked with the State Farm guys because we had
the contract for all of their agent data processing. We took what they
established and expanded on that. The bond wire between machines was a
State Farm idea. The ferrites was us along with hardening your ground
electrode system. We found up to 30 volts between the grounding
systems in buildings less than 100 feet apart. Ground is not always
"ground" particularly if they are just driving rods. These days if I
was building a complex with multiple buildings I would bury a
grounding matrix that connected all of them with copper.
As others have stated, the best place for a surge suppressor is in the
Next best is in your main breaker panel.
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I wouldn't waste my money on cheap plug-in crap.
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