Rated 4.5 out of 5 by 13
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Familyof8 Super easy install!
Our community had a real bad power surge and a number of homes lost big and small appliances. An electrician recommended a GE brand. After some research, we purchased this GE model. Installation was less than 10 min's and now we have peace of mind. Our electric panel had a slot for this which made it really nice. The green light indicator insures that it's working and functioning properly.
March 12, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by BigA whole house surge protection
After losing some hardware to lightning I have been wanting to do this. Should have done it sooner because it was so easy.
I ding it for 1 star because I didn't see in the description that you need 4 open slots. Based on the looks I thought 2 slots. After re-arranging and deleting an unused circuit I was able to free up the necessary 4.
In my case I really had to re-arrange to mount it closest to the mains and the neutral. The pig-tail was just long enough to work.
April 19, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by ElectricUpgrade Indoor Use Only - Hidden Label
Spent time to select this Surge Protector, read the specifications, and bought at my local Home Depot.
When my electrician opened the package to install, he noticed in small print on the unit label (not visible till opening the tamper proof package), "For Indoor Use Only".
My Load Center is on the outside of my home in Houston, TX.
I assume that this would violate the warranty, since it is not install per written instructions.
Why would GE not put this on the Package or in their Specifications?
Why doesn't Home Depot put this on their online information.
December 20, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by rchome Great Product
I didn't have enought room in my breaker box panel so I installed it outside of it by using a box from HomeDept:
PowerMark Gold 125 AMP 4-Space 8-Circuit Indoor Main Lug Circuit Breaker Panel $17.00
Of course you have to bring the connections into this box.
I've had this for 7 years and hav had the peace of mind that my whole house is protected.
Previously I experience the loss of several devices in my home when unprotected.
My local power company charges $9.95/month for a similar service. That comes to $119.40/yr.
I figure my original investment of about $90.00 was well spent.
Ofcourse, if you use an professional electrician, as you should if you don't know exactly what to do, you probably will be saving money in the long run.
July 15, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Foolios Easy Installation
Requires two open circuit breaker slots.
Placed it as close as possible to the Main shut off breaker to enhance reaction time to surge.
Reduced the white ground wire's length as much as possible to enhance reaction time to surge.
Just be careful to not reduce the length of the ground wire so much that you can't connect it to the neutral/ground bus bar.
Know it's working as long as the green light is on.
Know that when the green light is no longer on that the unit will have to be replaced.
May 6, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Dogpound So far so good.
We had several appliances damaged by power surges and our electrician recommended a whole house surge protector.. This one was relatively easy to install. My sole complaint is the length of the neutral wire. The only space available without rewiring multiple breakers was at the bottom of the panel. I was barely able to get the wire to the bar.
September 24, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Tiredoffall Perfect solution but tight fit
I have two power panels and added one of these to each panel. GE's 1/2 inch breakers made it easy to replace a few breakers and make the room needed for the surge unit. Both surges though were difficult to push home. I kept thinking something was wrong but all the fit slots were correct. No similar problem with other breakers. Finally, on both boxes I had to really slam them with a fist to get them to push home. Good solution overall.
December 29, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Carlisle Very straight forward installation, good price.
This simple and inexpensive unit plugs in to two existing slots in a standard GE electrical panel. It took 10 minutes using a screwdriver and wire stripper. I was lucky to have two slots just beneath the main electric line input.
Steps: Turn off MAIN power circuit to the whole panel/house. Remove main cover. Locate two open slots closest to the main input lines, ideally right next to the lines. This is so the surge hits the unit FIRST. Connect the unit into the slots (simply hook one end and push the other end into the tabs). Connect the ground wire firmly to the ground post. Done! Obviously be EXTREMELY careful not to touch by hand or tool the main input line assemblies as they are HOT! (And could kill you - Handle this job the way you would a loaded gun, with focus and care.... but it is a simple task a DIYer can tackle.)
I feel better having the extra layer of protection from surges for the house, and will also have interior surge protectors for the delicate electronic items, with hopes this will protect the washer, dryer, fridge, freezer and air conditioner.
Does it work? I don't know yet, but it seems to meet the basic criteria to do so.
August 26, 2014