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.

Don't Let Your Home Shock You: How To Prevent Electrical Fires And Electrocutions

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If your home seems like it's on the fritz, one of the things you might want to look at is the electrical elements in your home. Here are a few preventative maintenance techniques you can use to keep your electrical units working well and also some tips for knowing when it's time to call a professional. 

Electrical Maintenance: Things You Can Look for At Home That Signal Danger

There are several things you can do to make sure your home's wiring is working correctly. Check for these issues, and you'll be able to prevent most electrical concerns. 

  1. Check that your circuits are grounded. As long as your circuits are grounded, it's less likely that they'll shock anyone in the home. 
  2. Upgrade to tamper-resistant outlets. These outlets are now required by law in new homes. They contain spring-loaded shutters that block off the contact openings. All opening must be pressed at the same time to open the circuit. This makes it impossible for a child to be shocked by inserting an object into one opening.  
  3. Check your lights for dimming, sizzling, or flickering, since these can be signs of a short. 
  4. Check your plugs to see if they're loose. If so, it's time to replace them with a new model.
  5. Check your wires. If any are frayed, they should be replaced immediately, not taped or covered. 

In each of these cases, identifying the hazards can prevent you from being shocked or from a house fire starting when you use your appliances. 

Electrical Maintenance: When It's Time to Call the Electrician

While there are many things you can do yourself, like replacing a plug or even replacing wiring, some electrical concerns require professional care. Here are a few times you should call a professional.

  1. When your breakers are tripping or fuses keep blowing. There could be a serious problem with grounding or breaks in your electrical lines.
  2. When you want to install a generator or yours isn't working correctly. A poor connection can lead to electrocution or damage your entire home's electrical wiring. 
  3. If you smell burning. At first, this smell may just be a sign of a risk of fire, so call your electrician to prevent further damage.

By taking time to maintain your electrical wiring, your home can work more efficiently, you'll be safer, and you can prevent damage from house fires. If you ever have a concern, don't leave it to chance; call an electrician from a company like Mid City Electric

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12 May 2016