Most people have no idea how safe their appliances are or aren't, either with or without that service. All we know is that FPL seems to think it a good idea to buy it and pay for it, for eternity. FPL's system could easily, and should, be equipped to do the same with no such fee.
Lightning is almost always the source of the dangerous surges, and it is not as if lightning is something new and unexpected. It's as common as rain here, and most likely, probable. The surges that the protection system stops aren't from lightning bolts that strike your property; they hit FPL's system elsewhere, and FPL's wires send it your way. Oh, you didnt know that?
The service offered by the FPL sister company provides protection for air conditioners, pool pumps, fans, refrigerators and various other appliances. And it works, for those items bur not so much for some other more delicate items in your home...those considered "solid state" or that operates on a few volts. Either way, you certainly shouldn't require an extra monthly fee to have it.
FPL's sister company stops that surge with a simple device installed near the meter. The device must cost the company about $10 to $20, plus the installation, which the company says takes about 20 minutes.
Some people want the extra peace of mind, but yet, FPL's own customer information package say it isn't insurance that is offered. It is actual protection. The device makes loss of a major appliance far less likely.
As an electrician, it just seems outrageous to me that FPL doesn't surge-proof the system itself as part of the basic service. FPL knows lightning surges will continue to happen, just as they know the sun will shine. Customers get to pay $120 a year for it. Potentially forever. That's just not fair. If they know that something is going to happen, it is their responsibility to safeguard against it.
Next time…….what about inside the house; your TV, laptops, desktop computers? I'll discuss my recommendations.
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