Power Surge vs PC
A power surge is a damaging spike of voltage through the electrical network.
If your computer was plugged in and turned on during one, you’re more than likely to see some evidence of damage to your computer.
Check and Fix a PC After A Power Surge
- First step is to unplug your PC, and the power bar – in that order.
- Plug the monitor directly into a power outlet. If that works you can set it aside, safe in the knowledge that the problem is in the PC itself.
- Open the computer tower. This will likely involve unscrewing some screws at the back. Consult your PC User Manual if you’re unsure.
- If your computer was a power surge victim, and your computer won’t turn on, you’ll need to replace your power supply unit (PSU).
- Make sure not to touch any of the equipment inside the case. Take a look for anything that looks obviously scorched or damaged. If there is, you’ll need to replace that part.
- Close up the case, using all the screws you took out. If you have any extras, you missed some.
Now, if you got away unscathed, count yourself very lucky.
If you need some parts replaced, call a reliable, qualified computer tech to quote you on the parts & labour. And consider your hand slapped.
NOW, before your computer receives any more battle scars,
make sure it’s adequately protected.
Use a power bar, a surge protector, or a Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS).
To see which is right for you, check out an earlier blog: Power-Less.