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.
Home renovation projects don't always mean just painting and laying down new flooring. In some cases, the need for electrical upgrades is necessary. Today's newer homes are wired for handling a lot more than the home of yesterday. Check out these tips for upgrading the electrical system in your older house, especially when it comes to outlets.
Outlets In Your Den Or Living Area
When most homes had one television set in the den or living area, the need for multiple outlets wasn't there. However, today's home entertainment center may require several outlets for running game consoles, DVD players, wide-screen televisions, computer systems and stereo equipment. If you are short on outlets in your older home's den or living area, having a professional electrician install more outlets is a good idea. By having enough outlets, you can avoid too many devices being plugged into one power strip or electrical extension cord.
Bathrooms And A Better Electrical System
Nothing can be more aggravating or dangerous than having one outlet in your bathroom, especially if you use clippers, a hair drier and a curling iron every day. Having too many appliances plugged into a power strip in your bathroom can be messy and it can be a safety hazard. If you have a power strip on your bathroom sink and you accidentally get water on it while brushing your teeth, you could end being electrocuted when you move it or use one the appliances plugged into it. If your bathroom sink is damp, the power strip on it could cause you to be electrocuted when you touch it. Having outlets installed in your bathroom, up high and away from the sink or shower area is the best way to ensure electrical safety in your bathroom while also having the convenience of enough outlets for your appliances. Remember to add hangers on the wall near bathroom outlets for safely hanging appliances like curling irons and hair driers away from the sink or bath tub.
Your Kitchen And Additional Outlets
Having enough outlets in your kitchen for using several appliances is a good idea. You may have a toaster oven, a microwave and food processor you would like to keep plugged in on your counter. You may have a toaster and an electrical can opener as well. Making sure you do not keep appliances on your kitchen counter plugged into an electrical cord or power strip is important to avoid the same issues with electrocution as you would in your bathroom. Discuss with an experienced electrician about how many kitchen appliances you would have plugged in at one time for learning more about how many outlets you will need to have installed.
Taking steps to maintain a safe electrical system in your older home is important. For more information, contact Dunedin Electric Co., Inc. or a similar company.Share
16 May 2016