Living in the outskirts of Portland, power outages will be inevitable. Damage to your valuable electronics and computers can occur when the power comes back on. The sudden surge of electricity could destroy the inner mechanisms of electronic components.
When the power goes down, unplug your computer, other electronic devices and appliances. Leave one light on and plugged in so that you’ll know when the power comes back on.
Take these additional precautions:
Install a surge protector on your computer, your TV and any other electronic devices that are plugged into outlets. Don’t confuse a power strip with a surge protector. While the former is for convenience, the latter provides a barrier to reduce a sudden surge of electricity.
Consider an uninterruptible power supply, also known as a UPS. It looks like a big surge protector, but includes a battery back-up system that supplies power for 5 to 15 minutes (or more) to give you time to shutdown your equipment safely. Computers can automatically save and shut down with the included software with most UPS systems. A UPS may have as many as 10 plugs with surge protection, but only about 5 will be supplied with emergency power. Make sure your computer is plugged into one of the fully protected plugs.
If you do have a major power surge or spike it can still take out protected electronics. If you do have damaged equipment bring it in to NW Hi-Tech Solutions for a diagnosis and possible repair. Many times computers can protect themselves by giving up their power supply unit to save more valuable parts that save your information. If this is the case repairs can cost between $125-195. Call 503-630-7219 to schedule and onsite appointment or bring it in to our office!