View Full Version : Computer People: Surge Protectors/ Power Regulators??
11-07-2010, 07:02 PM
The wiring in my house is causing a crackle in my computer speakers, as well as the lights to temporarily dim, whenever a dishwasher, clothes dryer, or other large appliance is in use. I'm worried about the hard drive in my imac as well because of this. Is there an affordable solution out there for this type of scenario to protect the computer from surges/dips in power? Can anyone point me in the right direction? Thanks!
11-07-2010, 10:01 PM
Forget the iMac. Be concerned about the house itself. There should be enough juice that any of those big appliances should be able to run without browning out the rest of you house.
Do you know what size service you have coming in...how many amps?
I imagine a pro electrician will be along shortly. But I do know the electrical code sets out minimum requirements for circuits....number of circuits, size of circuits.
Sounds like it's time to get to know how your circuits are laid out.
In the short term, you could try plugging in your computer equipment to a different outlet....one that isn't being taxed by your large appliances. That might help.
A UPS will protect against sags and some spikes. Twinrider1 is right though.
11-08-2010, 07:02 AM
yea you can get a UPS for home use for like 50 bucks. a great buy.
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