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.

Your Parents And Electrical Safety


When your parents age, you will want to be sure you are watching out for them. While they may still be quite independent and even living on their own, there are some things that they may let slip by them. There may also be other things they don't realize can cause safety issues, especially in the area of electrical risks. If you look at an old house that hasn't been updated, you will notice that the house has much less in the way of outlets than newer homes. This is due to the fact that not as many things ran on electricity years ago.

Protect your parents

You want to be sure you go through your parent's home once in a while and verify that it is as safe as possible, including when it comes to electrical risks and problems. Here are some of the safety steps you can take, and things to watch for.

Verify outlets aren't overloaded

You want to look at the outlets throughout the home and make sure your parents don't have too many things plugged into one outlet. Even though an outlet may only have two sockets, there are plug-in devices that can be plugged into one outlet that offers several more sockets. This can overload the outlet and increases the dangers of electrical issues and even a fire. One way you can help your parents out is by making sure you plug in high-quality surge protectors anywhere where your parents may want to plug in more than two devices. Also, explain to them the dangers of plugging in too many things and educate them on surge protectors.

Verify there are no frayed wires

Your parents may have items plugged in around their home that are extremely old. Unless these items have been rewired at some point, the cords will be as old as the items. This means some of those old wires may have frays in them. Any cords that are frayed will pose significant fire risks and should be either disposed of or you should have it rewired.

Know when to have an electrician come out

If your parents don't have GFI outlets near sources of water, then you should have an electrician take care of this. Also, if you find things like warm outlets, sparking outlets, or anything else concerning, then you should have an electrician come out to tend to those issues.


13 August 2019