Electronic Failures, Lock-Ups and Glitches – What are They? What Causes Them? And How Do I Prevent Them?

Just because your HDTV, computer, lights, and network switch turns on and seems to work does not mean it has not been damaged and degraded by transient surges.  Everyone knows that a single lightning strike or large surge event can cause immediate destruction of electronics and their circuit boards.  However, some surges and transients, may not be large enough to destroy an electronic device or individual circuit board, but the effects of this surge energy overtime will cause lockups, glitches and premature failure at some point in the future.  The Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) explains it like this: “For example, a single larger surge or several repetitive exposures to lower magnitude surges often cause a gradual performance deterioration, which may finally be associated with intermittent equipment operation as opposed to immediate catastrophic failure of the semiconductor device. In such cases where the semiconductor itself has had its performance marginalized, it is often difficult to differentiate between software-and hardware-induced errors.”

Even if lightning and power company surges did not exist, overtime circuit boards and power supplies will prematurely fail due to an accumulative effect of transients generated internal to the home, church, office, or facility.  This is the reason IEEE recommends staged protection with both surge protection (for large impulses such as lightning) and high frequency filtering (to prevent gradual degradation to circuit boards and electronic loads due to transient surges generated within the home/facility).  Find out more IEEE recommended practices.

It’s a well-known fact that typically over 85% of all surges and transients at a breaker panel are generated from the equipment that is fed from that breaker panel, in other words, equipment inside the home or facility.  This means that only a small percentage of damaging surges at the breaker panel come from the utility or from a lightning strike.  A Transient Protection Design panel mount surge suppressor installed on the breaker panels is the most cost-effective way to protect pricey electronics and appliances from immediate damage as well as from degrading transients that cause them to glitch and significantly shorten their life span.

A Transient Protection Design system will give you a quick return on your investment.  And, the longer you can extend the life of all electronic components, the bigger the payback.  TPD protection products can be installed during new construction or on a retrofit basis.

share on facebook