Surge Protection

Be Ready When Lightning Strikes with Surge Protection

Strong thunderstorms can strike at any time. Electrical surges from lightning can damage or destroy household appliances.

PRECO offers surge protection (PDF) to members to help stop indirect surges that could damage or destroy household wiring and large appliances such as air conditioning and refrigeration equipment.

A meter socket surge suppressor can be installed for a one-time fee of $24.95 and a monthly fee of $5.95 plus tax.

For more information or to install surge protection call Customer Care at (800) 282-3824 or email EnergyServices@preco.coop.

Surge Suppressor Q&A

A power surge is when the voltage increases above the normal flow of electricity through your home.

The most common cause of power surges are lightning strikes. But, surges can also be caused by birds, animals and trees interfering with power lines, auto accidents involving utility poles or appliances cycling on and off in your home.

PRECO can install a heavy-duty surge suppressor in the meter base to help stop indirect surges which could damage or destroy household wiring or large motor-driven appliances such as air conditioning and refrigeration equipment.

Contact Customer Care at (800) 282-3824 or email EnergyServices@preco.coop.

A one-time installation fee of $24.95, plus a monthly fee of $5.95 plus tax, will be added to your electric bill.

No, there is not a penalty. Contact our Customer Care Department at (800) 282-3824 to have the surge suppressor removed.

Nothing can protect your home from a direct lightning strike, but the odds of a direct hit are low.

No, not by itself. Surges can enter your home by phone line, cable or electrical lines. The meter-base surge suppressor offers protection from surges through the electrical lines. A surge can cause damage to your sensitive equipment such as computers or home theater systems. We recommend that additional plug-in devices or power strips be used as a “second” line of defense.

No, you do not have to be at home for the installation. Yes, generally the power will be off for less than 15 minutes during the installation.

The meter-based suppressor has an indicator light that lets you know it is functioning properly. If the light is not illuminated, call us  at (800) 282-3824 so the surge suppressor can be repaired or replaced as part of the service coverage.

Contact our Customer Care Department at (800) 282-3824. If our surge suppressor fails because of a power surge and your appliance is damaged by that power surge, PRECO will reimburse you at fair market value.