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Eaton Whole House Surge Protector
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Eaton

Whole House Surge Protector

  • Protects electronics from damaging effects of electrical surges
  • Visible LED indication displays protective status of device
  • Mike Holmes approved surge protection for your entire home
$118.00 /each

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Our homes are filled with sensitive electronics. These devices are easily damaged by common power surges in your electrical, telephone, and cable lines. It only takes a lightning storm near your home to create a high-energy electrical surge that can enter your house and destroy your appliances, TVs, stereo equipment and almost all other modern electrical products. The Eaton surge products are designed to provide protection at the point of entrance to the home. Protection at this location can reduce surges entering the home to an acceptable level for your home electronics and appliances.

  • Does not protect against direct lighting strikes
  • Externally mounted making it universal - compatible with any manufacturer's load center
  • This product should be connected on the load side of the load center main service disconnect through a dedicated circuit breaker
  • It is recommended to use a 2-pole 50 ampere circuit breaker, sold separately
  • Eaton’s Complete Home Surge Protection Type 2 Devices (CHSPT2 Series) protect your home electronics from the damaging effects of electrical surges. They provide premium surge protection for AC power and cable at the point of entrance to the home. Protection at this location can reduce surges entering the home to an acceptable level for your home electronics and appliances.
  • CHSPT2 family of products require a dedicated 2 pole 50 Amp thermal magnetic breaker
  • Externally mounted making it universal - compatible with any manufacturer's load center or breaker box
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My main breaker box is full, but I have space in the subpanel. Can I install the Type 2 surge protector in the subpanel?

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This answer will likely help someone else with the same problem. Many breaker manufacturers make "quad" breakers in many configurations. Eg. 15/30....15/40....20/30....20/40....20/50 etc. So if your panel looks full. Look for 2 smaller loads like 2-20 amp receptacle circuits and get the quad breaker(essentially 2 twin breakers stacked onto each other). And there you go 2 fewer spaces in most full panels. Read More
This answer will likely help someone else with the same problem. Many breaker manufacturers make "quad" breakers in many configurations. Eg. 15/30....15/40....20/30....20/40....20/50 etc. So if your panel looks full. Look for 2 smaller loads like 2-20 amp receptacle circuits and get the quad breaker(essentially 2 twin breakers stacked onto each other). And there you go 2 fewer spaces in most full panels. Never double lug your breakers. If you have no option but to double up 2 small light loads, then wire nut them together and pigtail them onto a breaker. Read Less
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Not recommended, but legal. Better to move some of the loads to the subpanel, if practical. Sometimes full sized breakers can be changed out for "twin" breakers to make more space in the panel. lastly, you could "double up" the surge protector with another load, but the code does not allow putting two wires in one screw terminal (unless terminal is specifically rated to do so). This means that to "double Read More
Not recommended, but legal. Better to move some of the loads to the subpanel, if practical. Sometimes full sized breakers can be changed out for "twin" breakers to make more space in the panel. lastly, you could "double up" the surge protector with another load, but the code does not allow putting two wires in one screw terminal (unless terminal is specifically rated to do so). This means that to "double up" would require joining the load wire, surge protector wire, and a wire from the breaker with a wirenut. That is not a good practice for maximum surge protection. Read Less
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February 17, 2016
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Not a good idea. You should be installing this on the breaker closest to the mains connection, and where the path to ground is shortest. If you put this on a subpanel, neither is true.
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it does not go inside the panel , if you want the best protection you should have it installed in the main.
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It will not protect as well and exposes the main panel to hi voltage surges for a longer duration. I would double up on a 15/20 breaker nearest the main breaker for incoming power. This unit does not carry or draw any current and has its own internal over current protection per UL 1449 3rd ed. To get maximum protection a 50 amp 2 pole breaker is recommended....
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Yes but google for very helpful instruction or on u tube
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September 21, 2015
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I see that you asked this question a while back, your best bet is to move two non major appliance loads from the main panel to the subpanel in order to make room for the surge protector, ideally you want the surge suppressor as close to incoming power source as possible, If you install the surge protector in the sub panel you run the risk of surges damaging the loads ahead of the protection, Like I said Read More
I see that you asked this question a while back, your best bet is to move two non major appliance loads from the main panel to the subpanel in order to make room for the surge protector, ideally you want the surge suppressor as close to incoming power source as possible, If you install the surge protector in the sub panel you run the risk of surges damaging the loads ahead of the protection, Like I said before the closer to the source the better.
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does installing this on one side of the panel box also protect circuits on the other side of the panel?

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November 11, 2015
does installing this on one side of the panel box also protect circuits on the other side of the panel?
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Yes because it is covering both sides of the panel (2 phase) as a double breaker will cover both sides of the bus.
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This device protects both 'sides' of your panel. Install a new 50 amp double pole breaker at the top of your panel (nearest the incoming power). You may have to relocate some existing breakers to do this, which makes installation in a full panel a bit more difficult, but do-able. In a brand new panel install it's a snap.
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March 31, 2016
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Yes, it does. Both sides of the panel are interconnected and this device attaches using a double-wide breaker that connects to both phases of the power.
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February 17, 2016
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Yes, it protects both sides of the panel. But it is important that the surge protector be as close to the main breaker as possible, and a 50A2P breaker is recommended. Keep the wires between the breaker and surge protection as straight and short a possible.
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yes, as long as both sides of the panel box are fed from the same sourse and the product is installed properly.
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Does this provide protection from surges generated by appliances with the house (for example refrigerator compressor cycling)?

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August 28, 2015
Looking to use this against the long-term impact of small surges within the house (i.e. death by a thousand paper cuts).
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This type device, Whole House Surge Protection, is designed for the most serious and damaging events, that are caused by lightning striking the utility company wiring outside of your house. Surges caused inside the house will be reduced some by this device, based on how close to the main panel vs. the item being protected is to the source of the surge. Generally this will not be adequate. The second most Read More
This type device, Whole House Surge Protection, is designed for the most serious and damaging events, that are caused by lightning striking the utility company wiring outside of your house. Surges caused inside the house will be reduced some by this device, based on how close to the main panel vs. the item being protected is to the source of the surge. Generally this will not be adequate. The second most serious and damaging event is from lightning striking very close to your house. The quick surge of high current in the lightning produces a very strong magnetic pulse that induces a strong electrical surge in the house wiring. The best protection is a whole house surge protection at the electrical panel, and outlet surge protection for your more expensive electronics. Read Less
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It protects all devices for incoming surged form outside the Home thru the main beaker. There can be transient voltage spikes within a Home for other sources such a a short circuit, etc on the same line coming from the main panel.
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Yes , dependent on your installation location (check u tube videos)
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Not necessarily. It depends on how long the surge (voltage spike) has to travel to get to the other appliance. If something is on the same circuit, the surge will probably get to it before it gets to the surge protector. Other than something suddenly burning out within your home, ordinary surges internal to your home (such as a compressor start) are not likely to be any problem for anything else in your Read More
Not necessarily. It depends on how long the surge (voltage spike) has to travel to get to the other appliance. If something is on the same circuit, the surge will probably get to it before it gets to the surge protector. Other than something suddenly burning out within your home, ordinary surges internal to your home (such as a compressor start) are not likely to be any problem for anything else in your home. Read Less
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August 30, 2015
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Yes, this product protects from internal surges as well as external.
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No room in box for new breaker

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I've installed these before where the wires attach to an existing double pole breaker. The instructions for this item specifically state to use an unused breaker. What is the problem using an existing breaker?
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This answer will likely help someone else with the same problem. Many breaker manufacturers make "quad" breakers in many configurations. Eg. 15/30....15/40....20/30....20/40....20/50 etc. So if your panel looks full. Look for 2 smaller loads like 2-20 amp receptacle circuits and get the quad breaker(essentially 2 twin breakers stacked onto each other). And there you go 2 fewer spaces in most full panels. Read More
This answer will likely help someone else with the same problem. Many breaker manufacturers make "quad" breakers in many configurations. Eg. 15/30....15/40....20/30....20/40....20/50 etc. So if your panel looks full. Look for 2 smaller loads like 2-20 amp receptacle circuits and get the quad breaker(essentially 2 twin breakers stacked onto each other). And there you go 2 fewer spaces in most full panels. Never double lug your breakers. If you have no option but to double up 2 small light loads, then wire nut them together and pigtail them onto a breaker. Read Less
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You could double it up on (2) 15/20 amp breakers. It carries no current under normal circumstances,To get maximum protection from the Ultra Unit it should be connected to the service panel with a 50 amp 2 pole breaker for the particular panel brand. The best placement would be closest to the incoming current , nearest the main breaker. This and all surge suppression dumps High Voltage (tension) above 300 Read More
You could double it up on (2) 15/20 amp breakers. It carries no current under normal circumstances,To get maximum protection from the Ultra Unit it should be connected to the service panel with a 50 amp 2 pole breaker for the particular panel brand. The best placement would be closest to the incoming current , nearest the main breaker. This and all surge suppression dumps High Voltage (tension) above 300 volts into the panels grounding system using MOV . This unit has mutable matched MOV instead of one larger unit that are prone to failure. Because MOV heat up when worn out, there is internal over-current protection per UL 1449. See Wikipedia Read Less
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the problem is that it may be against your local code, check u tube it shows connecting to the top 50 amp split breaker.
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It won't protect the circuit that is on that breaker.
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Most standard breakers are not rated for more than one wire, it is against National Electric Code to double up on a breaker. On some breakers, like Square D Home Line breakers it is allowed, it will specifically tell you how many wires and what size they can be, written on the breaker itself, otherwise one wire on one lug. Good luck.
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Rated 4.7 out of 5 by 45 reviewers.
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Protection for the house This product was recommended by an electrician. Only way to know if this product is working is if the house gets hit by lightening or major electrical event from the utility. I could only give it 3 stars because it was recently installed... not enough history to evaluate it. The specs do not indicate how many years I can expect it to perform. 10, 20 or 40 years? I am to monitor the two lights at the bottom. Green means good, red bad. October 4, 2016
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Body difficult to mount. A little hard to install the body. After I got it through the knockout, I could not fit the service panel cover back on. So I had to put on a box coupler and a rigid coupler, after I had cut the wires it just reached into the breaker.Siemans Panel and Breaker. The 50amp breaker that Eaton recommends Siemens for me, could not screw down tight on the wire. Wire is between a 12-14 awg size, this could have been at least a 10awg. when twisting the stranded wire after stripping I found the strands breaking some. Make sure your 50amp breaker screws go all the way down for clamping these wires. September 3, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Easy to install This item is easy to install for those with electrical experience. Note that it is best practice to install the breaker for this unit at the very top of the panel where the power lines come in. If in doubt, hire an electrician. As to how effective the unit is, this will have to wait for a lightning strike near our house. September 20, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Whole House Surge Protector Shipped quickly, cost reasonable when compared to options, quick to install, within one hour if done by a professional, who has the additional parts needed beyond what is sent. Will wait to see it the total cost of over $400 for price of item and installation solves the electrical surge issues in our home. September 20, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Easy to instal Not difficult to install if you don't mind working in an open electrical panel to install the 50 amp circuit breaker. In my case I had to move about ten other breakers down two slots to make room to add the new 50 amp breaker near the top so that the Surge protector neutral and earth connections would reach the appropriate buses. September 20, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by EXCELLENT PRODUCT This unit was installed on a 200 amp circuit breaker which is next to the meter and feeds the breaker panel for the home. I liked the fact that it has a separate (4th) ground wire in addition to the 2 hot leads and the white. The installation was easy and the ground wire was hooked to the main ground, white to load white, red to load black and black to load black on the 200 amp breaker. Used a T-Handle 3/8" Hex wrench. HD has it for $7.83 - Store Sku # 1000504737 Internet # 203195195 August 16, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Only ONE BIG issue The unit does not come with breakers and the instructions say to use two(2) 50 amp breakers. Unit comes wired with 20 amp wire that will not work with 50 amp breakers. Ended up calling an electrician who was also very puzzled by the instructions. Installed the unit with 20 amp breakers to match the wire. Said it would be an improper installation to use 50 amp breakers with 20 amp wire and could cause problems down the road. He recommended Kabar system - a bit more pricey - if/when this unit fails. July 19, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Very good product, worked as designed I had one of these installed 2 years ago when I bought a generator. Then in November of 2014, some power lines nearby came down and caused a power surge through our housing plan. I saw 7 furnace contractors on our street that day. We had several neighbors that lost ALL their kitchen appliances as well as other electronics. My house came through relatively unscathed; the surge protector blew out as designed (see picture) and we lost 2 other surge protectors inside the house. Without all of those in place I'm sure we would have sustained major damage. Multi-tiered surge protection is recommended and in our case saved us a lot of money. I will never be without one again. April 3, 2015
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