With hundreds of homes using satellite dish networks, more and more are experiencing broken and overloaded equipment due to power surges. These power surges can happen without warning and have the ability to overload many different types of equipment, including satellite dishes.
Most overloads on satellite dishes do not have anything to do with lightning strikes, it would be very rare for a 200,000 volt lightning to strike your house, but it is very common to experience power surges that can ruin your electrical equipment.
Many times there are no warnings when a power surge occurs, although at times the lights may flicker or seem to grow brighter. Some parts of the world are more volatile to power surges than others, but they are known to happen all over the world, albeit rare in some areas. Surges are also known to jump lines through a static energy discharge.
Satellite TV surge protectors are created to help protect your satellite network system from power surges. Some surge protectors also have the ability to protect other lines going into the house aside from your satellite so you’ll be able to protect other electrical equipment. When installing the device you should try to make sure that it has the ability to protect as many appliance as possible. Generally, these surge protectors are a small metal device with coax plugs on either side of them, one is for the power source and the other is for the device to plug into.
Satellite dishes are very expensive so you’ll want to invest in a surge suppressor to help protect from being overloaded. If strong enough, these power surges can immediately destroy your satellite, but even small surges over time will eventually cause damage and problems.
When buying satellite TV surge protectors, be sure you get something that will work properly with your satellite dish and have an adequate voltage capacity. You’ll also want to get a good quality device so it can last you a long time. If you’re not sure what type to get you could review surge protectors online or ask a knowledgeable salesperson at your local electronics store. It’s smarter to invest a little more money in buying the right device than buying a cheap product that doesn’t work and may put your dish at risk.