The Reason Why Your Power Occasionally Blinks - P.O.W. Report

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

The Reason Why Your Power Occasionally Blinks

From AP&T:
What are those blinks? No, they are not power surges, although surges can happen from time to time. What you are seeing is most likely recloser operations. 

What is a recloser? A recloser is an automatic, high-voltage electric switch. Like a circuit breaker on household electric lines, it shuts off electric power when trouble occurs, such as a short circuit. A household circuit breaker remains shut off until it is manually reset. 

A recloser automatically tests the electrical line to determine whether the trouble has been removed. If the problem was only temporary, then the recloser automatically resets itself and restores the electric power. Reclosers are used throughout the power distribution system, from the substation to residential utility poles. They range from small reclosers for single-phase power lines to larger three-phase reclosers used in substations and high-voltage power lines up to 38,000 volts. 

AP&T has many reclosers installed across our service areas that provide safety for your home and the public. These devices help keep the power on during storms and accidental contact with the power lines. The operation of the recloser should never hurt your equipment at home and adds another layer of protection to the power system. We understand that the blinks create a nuisance from time to time, but each blink is an outage avoided. 

Hope this information is helpful! Sincerely, the AP&T Team

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