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Why Do My Electronics Feel Hot?

October 5, 2020 | Blog

Prevent Electrical Damage

All electronics generate heat when in use, but why? It is normal to feel heat escaping from your electronic devices, but excessive heat can damage your electronics and pose a safety threat. You can reduce these risks of electrical fires and electrical shock when using your electronics.

Power outlet safety should be taken very seriously – and you can protect yourself with these electric safety tips.

Why Electronics Get Hot

Many electronics, such as your gaming system, computer or DVD players, develop heat when you are using them. The energy being created inside of the machine is transferred into heat, making your device feel hot. This is common for a lot of devices. If you place your hand on the back of your device, you will most likely feel heat, but it is important that it doesn’t get too hot.

An overheating device is very dangerous and can cause irreversible damage.

Why This Issue Is Dangerous

Even though many electronics get hot when in use, you may be in danger if you feel your device getting too hot. When an electronic device overheats, the damage is usually irreversible, causing the device to slow down and stop working. That’s the best case scenario in this situation.

When a device fails, it could burn you, catch on fire or even explode. While using your device, if your circuit breaker begins to trip, that means that it cannot handle the amount of electricity flowing through it. Tripping breakers are a sign of overloading your circuit and can cause major damage to your electronics. This issue is very serious and should be taken care of immediately.

Prevent This Issue

You can prevent the dangers of an overheating electronic device immediately. Installing a whole home power surge protector – rather than the power strips most people use – will provide an extra layer of coverage to your home’s plugged-in devices. A power surge is when the power pushed through your electrical system is too high and can cause major damage.

A whole home surge protector offers protection against an electrical current spike, saving your equipment. You can take control of your overheating devices. Power outlet safety is very important and can save your devices and yourself.

Today’s homes contain an average of $15,000 worth of unprotected equipment. Protect your home and devices from all the damage a power surge can cause. Contact experienced Chicago electricians with Arnold Electrical to protect your home.

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