How to reset surge protectors for electronics

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How to reset surge protectors for electronics
Protect your home theatre equipment with a high-quality surge protector. (home cinema components image by Nikolay Okhitin from

Home electronics, such as your computer and television, can be ruined instantly by lightening and other powerful spikes in the voltage. Smaller power surges, such as from a hair dryer or refrigerator, can cause electrical appliances to fail over time. To protect your electronics, you need high-quality surge protectors connected to all of your programmable appliances. Surge protectors divert any sudden, high-voltage surges into the ground safely. Reset your surge protector to restore protection after a power surge.

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Things you need

  • Surge protector

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  1. 1

    Push the reset button down on your surge protector. You should see your surge protector's red indicator light come on and restore power to your equipment. The surge protector indicator light provides the only way of knowing if you have a functioning surge protector.

  2. 2

    Disconnect all equipment you have connected to your surge protector, and then press the reset button again, if resetting the first time did not restore operations.

  3. 3

    Reconnect each piece of equipment, one piece at a time, to determine which piece of equipment may be a problem.

  4. 4

    Replace your surge protector if you do not see the surge protector indicator light come on. A failed indicator light means you have a damaged surge protector.

Tips and warnings

  • Always plug your surge protector directly into a three-pronged grounded electrical socket. Do not use adaptors, plug your surge protector into another surge protector, or plug an extension cord into a surge protector. These practices, known as "daisy chaining," can void your surge protector warranty.

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