There are common electrical problems that every homeowner should be enlightened about. When it comes to home electricity, your safety is paramount. Common signs of underlying electric problems include an unexplained surge in power ills, flickering lights, strange smells, and smoke. The electrician you are working with should help you identify the following common electrical problems.
1. Frequent electrical surges
Typically, electrical surges can be triggered by several things, including lighting strikes, faulty appliances, and bad electrical wiring in your home. Even the slightest surge that lasts for a microsecond can cause massive damage to the appliances connected to the electrical system. If you are experiencing frequent surges in power, it is time to call in the electrical experts to fix the problem.
2. Sags and dips in power
Sags and dips in power in your home are mostly caused by faulty devices connected to the power grid. Besides, if electrical devices made from substandard materials are connected to the power grid, they may also cause power sags or dips. Such devices tend to draw a lot of power when turned on. You must buy quality, authentic electrical appliances from trusted sources. Besides, have a professional check out the faulty appliances in your home when you notice power sags and dips.
3. Light switches that don’t work properly
If you use substandard electrical materials during wiring, you may experience light switches that won’t work optimally. This problem can also be attributed to poor craft. If you just moved into a new home and the switches cannot activate, there is a high likelihood they have been superseded, or that fixtures have been removed. It could also indicate that there is a fault in the outlet, wiring, or circuit. You must find a professional electrician immediately to check out the problem and rectify it before it becomes a significant issue.
4. The circuit breaker or safety switch that trips frequently
Using high wattages appliances such as hairdryers and microwaves may result in the frequent tripping of the circuit breaker. This problem often occurs when other high-power consuming appliances are on at the same time. Typically, a circuit breaker is not the cause of the problem. It is an important device that protects you and your home from electrical hazards such as fires. To rectify the problem, observe keenly the time the breaker trips. If it occurs when you are using a hairdryer, try adjusting the operation to the low setting. You should also avoid using too many high wattage items at a go. If the problem persists, don’t hesitate to call qualified and experienced electrical technicians like CLF Services, who will provide a free quote.
5. Circuit overload
When the power boards are overloaded, it often results in frequent tripping of the circuit breaker. Some homes lack enough power points to gather for every item. When one single circuit is overloaded, it results in frequent tripping. You can prevent this by:
• Removing other devices, not in use from the power system. For example, idle phone chargers can still draw power even when not in use.
• Spread all the electrical needs around the power points in your home. Don’t use a single circuit with all the items.
• Be careful when you are connecting devices in your home. Know which device uses more power and which are not ideal for a particular power-point.
• Avoid daisy-chaining power points.
For more information, contact CLF Services today.