Whether you want to use computers for homework, entertainment or even a home business, you need to be aware of their sensitivity to electrical problems. Lost data and damage can be complex when power loss is involved, and if your home's electrical wiring is insufficient or damaged, you may be looking at a lot of computer problems in the future. Before investing in a new computer and risking damage, consider the risks and ways that an electrical services professional can help.
Damage From Power Problems
Computers aren't like other, basic electronics. A clock or radio can lose power and be fine, since you just need to configure the settings if your time or stations were reset. Computers are a complex system of other, smaller systems that constantly exchange data.
When you interrupt that data, you risk destroying everything. The problem is that information is constantly being calculated and saved, and if your interrupt those processes, you may corrupt the very existence of the computer. Your computer's active state is like its personality, and the background processes are like equations that deliver the personality as an answer. Interrupting the equations creates a series of wrong answers, which can scramble the computer into nothing.
Thankfully, modern computers have safeguards against permanent damage. Save states are created, which a computer can restore over time. Many modern operating systems also have the ability to restore a full, working memory of the computer called an image. A lot of information can be lost in the process.
The data isn't the only problem. Many moving, electronic parts can come to a sudden stop. Hard drives, for example, use a series of reader arms that move across platters, much like a needle moves across a record player. Losing power can scratch these platters, making the data difficult to read or permanently lost if it's bad enough.
Hard drives are slowly becoming replaced by solid state drives with no moving parts, but you'll still have to worry about electrical surges moving into the computer and damaging any electronic parts at all. The most obvious problem of losing your term paper, article or work document is the least of your worries.
An Electrician Can Solve Your Computer Power Issues
Power loss can come from many different sources, with many of them under your direct control. You can't do anything about electrical storms or issues at the power company, but you can fix and upgrade your home wiring.
If your home hasn't been remodeled in years, it may be time to replace wiring. Electricity is a source of heat, and the copper wiring can begin to wear away over time. Especially when electrical storms are involved, parts of the wiring can become thin and brittle.
In some homes, there are fully separated wires that touch and separate with temperature changed. Thermal expansion and contraction explains this, but wiring can touch when it heats up, then retreat as it cools off--a problem more prevalent during colder months.
You may also need upgrades to the electrical paths. Modern wiring can involve additional wire paths to spread the burden of electricity so that a single wire won't have critical heat issues. Even if you add more wiring, all wires still go to the same power distribution panel. To solve that, an electrician can install a new panel for your computer area or any area with heavy electronics use.
Contact an electrician to safeguard your wiring and to make sure that your computer doesn't fail due to power issues.