Troubleshooting Electrical Problems

After we moved into a house that seemed to have a lot of electrical problems, I had to learn how to troubleshoot things and fast. I learned how to flip the switch on my circuit breaker, deal with tripped GFCI outlets, and even how to rewire an outlet with the power off. It was a lot of work, but I was able to save a lot of money on professional services. However, after trying in vain to fix my circuit breaker on my own, I realized that I needed some help from an expert. A professional came out, took apart my panel and fixed everything. This blog is all about troubleshooting electrical issues and when to call a pro.

Safety Tips For Home Electrical Repairs

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If you are a homeowner, you likely want to be sure that you keep the electrical system in your home working as well as possible. Here are some tips for home electrical repair to make sure that you are able to keep everything working as easily as possible.

1. Tripped Circuit Breaker

You might be charging your phone, working on your laptop, and watching television when all of these items stop working, as well as the lights. This is a sign that one of the circuits in your circuit breaker have been tripped to cut off power to the outlets in this part of the house. Most people are used to finding the circuit breaker and resetting it in order to restore power to the house. However, this is similar to seeing a maintenance warning come up on the dashboard of your car and simply resetting the code. The problem that caused the circuit to be tripped is not gone. You just ignored it. The reason why the circuit was tripped was likely because you have too many items plugged into a single outlet.

To resolve this issue, you will need to locate the overloaded outlet. Critically evaluate all of the outlets in your home that have more than one or two electrical items plugged into it. Then, try to redistribute the cords so that the all of the burden is not on a single outlet before resetting the breaker. Be sure to look up how much wattage each outlet can handle and the wattage of the combined cords that you are plugging in.

2. Turn Off the Power or Remove the Fuse

Before you start doing any work on an electrical system, be sure that you turn off the power. Most people know this. What you might not know is that if you are working on a system that has fuses, then you are going to need to entirely remove the fuse, rather than simply turn off the power. Take the fuse and store it somewhere safe so that it will be easy for you to replace it later. 

3. Only Use Insulated Pliers

If you need to make changes to an electrical system by manipulating the wires with pliers, then you need to be sure that you are using insulated pliers. Doing this will make it much easier to ensure that you are not accidentally shocked should an electrical current go through the pliers. The insulation will protect you from it.

For more information, talk to a company that specializes in electrical repair, such as Morris Electric Contracting & Service, Inc.

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25 April 2016