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Overvoltage Prevention: 4 Basic Rules Of Avoiding It

A simple thing such as going over your rated voltage requirement can result in overvoltage. And in our previous article, we briefly mentioned what overvoltage was and how it impacts your equipment negatively.

Now, we’re going into further details into overvoltage prevention. As undesirable as overvoltage might be – there are still ways to prevent it from happening in the first place.

Through this article, we will be explaining four basic rules to follow in order to avoid overvoltage.

1. Be aware of your equipment’s voltage requirements

It may sound really simple to remember and remind yourself to do, but this is still one of the most common mistakes to occur among equipment.

Once an equipment is connected to an outlet with a higher voltage amount, an extra supply of voltage will enter the equipment, which will eventually go above the maximum requirement. As a result – overvoltage occurs.

So, as simple as it sounds – you still have to take note of this before proceeding to use your equipment.

2. Handle insulators carefully

Another leading cause of overvoltage is a break on the insulator. The insulator is the one transmitting the current from one point to another; if it breaks, the current won’t be able to get through the path.

Once this happens, the current will end up returning to its original source with double its usual voltage. Basically, this is why there’s a need to be cautious when managing insulators – they may be the main reason why your equipment is faulty.

3. Make use of transformers

In an event where voltage differences are constantly occurring, be sure to use transformers – specifically step-down or step-up transformers as they will come in handy.

These types of transformers will know when to convert high voltage into low voltage or low current power to high current power. They are able to transfer just the right amount of voltage to your equipment.

4. Consult professionals regularly

If you have followed the above steps and the same problems are still happening – it’s best you seek an expert.

There is a need for you to get your equipment checked thoroughly such as generator or electric motor overhauling, depending on your respective equipment, so you know when to take action. Even the beginning stage where new equipment is brought in like a cummins generator installation in Singapore is necessary.

Once you look through the installation process right from the very start, you will make sure all the measures are taken. From scheduling maintenance like predictive maintenance (PdM) or preventive maintenance (PM) to enabling checks on different parts like exhaust system, cooling system and so on.

At the end of the day, ensuring your equipment does not turn faulty or break down is by preventing errors from happening in the first place. While there are still quite a plentiful of potential faults out there – for starters, you can begin by stopping overvoltage from occurring.