2 Blown/Faulty GFCIs and Garage Door Opener
Hey guys. I have a new vacation home which I have owned for one year. The area I am in gets quite a few thunderstorms in the late spring/summer.
Last summer I lost a garage door opener controller and a GFCI after thunderstorms. I was not there when it happened, and frankly don't know for sure if the reason I lost them was thunderstorms or not, but they were working, and then they weren't, and both ocurred after a thunderstorm at different times. I replaced the door opener controller and GFCI outlet and have had no problems since.
I was just back up last weekend after thunderstorms in the area, and a different GFCI in the other bathroom was gone along with a battery tender for my ATV. I replaced the GFCI and it seems to be working fine. The battery tender (connected to another outlet in the garage) is dead.
I know nothing about electrical wiring and was scared to death replacing the GFCIs (the garage door company did the garage door controller). Have a few questions:
-Should I be concerned that something other than power surges (like improper wiring) is the reason for my problems and should I have the electrician come and check every thing out?
-Are some houses just more susceptible (or more unlucky) to surges than others?
-Is there anyway to mitigate the power surge problem? I have read a bit about whole house surge supressors, but no very little about them or how effective they are.
-Does it make sense to hook a single outlet surge protector to the garage door opener?
Thats a bunch, but thanks in advance!