The Sycom SYC-120/240-T2 surge protector is another one of the whole house surge protectors that has a good number of reviews online.
I also noticed that this brand also includes a Spike-Ender coax cable suppressor and it seems that this is the only brand that has this additional protection for cables as many of its competitors only provide a standalone SPD.
I also found out that this is the surge protector that Mike Holmes recommended in many of his episodes on Holmes for Homes before he was asked by Eaton to endorse their own product.
Is it up to standards?
Many of the whole house surge suppressors right now are certified and are fully compliant with the UL 1449 3rd edition.
When you look at their product page at a shopping site, there’s no real upfront information that they’re compliant with the UL 1449. You actually have to go to their official website and download the specifications sheet just to check if they’re up to standards.
After downloading their specs sheet, I found out that the Sycom surge protector is also up to standards and is fully compliant with the UL 1449 3rd edition.
Modes of protection
Other surge protectors in the market have indicated their modes of protection. Some have 6 and others have 4 protection modes.
I tried to research the protection modes of this Sycom brand but I cannot seem to easily locate that information.
Maxium surge current capacity
The maximum surge capacity rating represents how big a surge a unit can handle and Sycom claims that their unit can withstand 100,000 amps of surge.
Short circuit current rating
The short circuit current rating represents the maximum level of the short circuit current that a surge suppressor can withstand.
With Sycom, the SCCR rating is 10,000 amps (10kA).
Voltage protective rating (VPR)
The voltage protective rating, sometimes also known as the clamping voltage, represents how much voltage is still getting passed through to your equipment after your surge protector has completed its job.
Each mode will have its own voltage protective rating and for the Sycom, the VPR numbers are: 600V for Line to Ground and 1,200V for Line to Line.
Maximum continuous operating voltage (MCOV)
This rating might be the most important thing that you have to look out for when dealing with whole house surge protectors.
When comparing units, a higher rating for the MCOV is better. With regards to the Sycom, their MCOV ratings are: 150V for Line to Ground and 300V for Line to Line.
NEMA enclosure type
The NEMA enclosure type is a standard for defining what type of enclosures the surge protector is housed in.
The Sycom SYC-120/240-T2 has a NEMA 4 enclosure type rating. It basically means that this unit is constructed for use in either indoor or outdoor applications.
There’s a limited product warranty and any claim is limited to $1,500 for each item up to only $25,000 for every occurrence. You can find a lot of technicalities when you look at their warranty policy and this is expected with this type of product.
Here are the following that are not covered:
Direct lightning hit
Electronic devices such as computers and televisions
If the surge protected is not installed by a licensed electrician
Only standard residential appliances are covered which includes refrigerators, stoves, washers, dryers dishwashers, freezers, furnaces and air conditioning systems.
Well pumps are included but only if the surge will pass through the electrical feed at the wellhead connection. If the surge is ground induced then it will not be covered.
Obviously there are too many requirements for the warranty to list them all here and I suggest you download the warranty information over at their website for more information.
Like I’ve mentioned earlier, the Sycom surge protector includes a Spike-Ender coax cable suppressor. This device helps protect your expensive HDTV receivers, cable modems, etc from destructive surges.
The price for this whole house surge protector is cheaper compared to other devices on the market. Many are priced over $100 but the Sycom brand with the coax cable protector is a lot lower than a hundred bucks.
Many people have installed the Sycom surge protector and did not feel the need to hire a licensed electrician as the installation is pretty simple and straightforward. On average it will take 15-20 minutes of install time and probably much less if installed by someone who knows what they’re doing.
But take note that their warranty will not honor your claim if the unit is not installed by a licensed electrician. And I would still strongly advise that you let a professional do all the work if you don’t have any idea in working with your breaker panel.
A good number of people also mentioned that the main reason they purchased this particular brand is because of Mike Holmes’ recommendation.
Easy to install
Cheaper than other brands
Coax cable protector included
Perfect for surface mounted breaker panels
Not ideal for flush mounted breakers as you won’t be able to see the light status indicator when it’s installed inside the breaker box. This is not really a con but it’s still important that you are aware of this little issue. With that being said, the lead on this unit could be a little bit longer.
Hopefully you’ve been able to pick up some helpful information from this review. Do you have any experience with this? Please leave a comment below. Thanks!