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Can lightening kill all my kitchen appliances at once?


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#1 elichten

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Posted 06 August 2005 - 07:38 PM

Hi Folks.  Maybe someone can offer some suggestions for my power surge problems?  I have a 6-month old Kenmore refridgerator, a couple-year old GE dishwasher, and a 2-month old Kenmore dehumidifier....... all don't work after a wicked storm came through yesterday.  One lightening strike sounded like a bomb, so it couldn't have struck more than a house or two away from me!  We lost power for a minute or two.  After we got electricity back, I went around the house to check things and noticed several appliances not working.  I checked that the breakers weren't tripped (they weren't), but yet both the Dishwasher and the Dehumidifier were totally dead - no lights or nothing.  The Fridge, well I got lights and LEDs, but no no compressor or fan or any other significant noises.  Is there anything I can check or try before I call in the Pros?  Any help would be most appreciated!thanks,- Eric

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Posted 06 August 2005 - 09:14 PM

I've seen this happen more that once. If all the affected appliances had electronic controls and you didn't have surge suppressors on them, then they are very susceptible to damage from lightning and power surges.

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Posted 07 August 2005 - 03:32 AM

Contact your power company. Your appliances that still have factory warrenty probably aren't covered for power surge or lightning damage. The warrenties are limited to defects in material and workmanship. 
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Posted 07 August 2005 - 05:15 PM

Well, it turns out that it WAS the house next to me that got hit by lightening!  It first struck their fence (sent half of it across the yard and the other half in splinters), travelled across wire mesh attached to it, then jumped to the house and through all the pipes and wires.   Almost everything electric was zapped - even their computer which wasn't even plugged in and several appliance which WERE on surge protectors (not sure of Juelle ratings)!  And, these folks were IN the house when it struck - how scary!  Several neighbors are reporting similar zappings.  SO...... what's the moral of this story?  What steps can be taken to prevent zappings?  Put surge protectors on everything with an electronic control?  What about appliances on dedicated 220-volt circuts?  Are any appliances built with some onboard surge protection or circut breaker that can be reset?  Lastly, are zapped appliances repairable or scrap metal?  Perhaps lessons from my minor tragedy can be used to prevent someone else's in the future.  So, your wisdom is appreciated by all!  Thanks again - Eric 

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Posted 07 August 2005 - 05:18 PM

PS - I am specifically concerned about my new Kenmore Trio Fridge, which seems to have a faint humming from the back, but no Compressor action.  Is there anything I might be able to try before calling in a Pro?

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Posted 07 August 2005 - 05:21 PM

PSS - Nickfixit, thanks for writing back.  What might my power company be able to do for me in this situation?  Do they have some fund for victims of lightening?

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Posted 07 August 2005 - 05:35 PM

There is no protection from a direct lightning strike and this will all go thru your homeowners insurance.  If they are repairable or have to be replaced will be determined by the adjuster who will have you contact a service company to access the damage and give an estimate for repairing or replacing if not worth fixing.
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