Thursday, March 12, 2015

How to Perform Electrical Troubleshooting

There are many ways to determine whether there are electrical issues in your home. Some of these signs can be easily ignored. Consider something like flickering lights or a tripped circuit breaker. Many homeowners assume that these things are normal and will never call in an electrician to identify the root cause. It could be a faulty wiring or poor connection that can cause electrocution and endanger your family members.

So it’s always best to keep an eye of these electrical issues before they escalate. Know when something is wrong and put your safety first. Do not start fixing electrical problems or touching live wires in a bid to determine what’s wrong. Here’s how you can perform electrical troubleshooting while putting your safety first.

  1. Determine if there are any devices that are not working. There are cases where the device is simply broken and the issue has nothing to do with your electrical outlet. You need to turn off the device and try to use it on a different outlet. If it still doesn’t work then it could be the device that has a problem.
  2. Find out if your neighbors are having a similar problem. The electrical issue you are having could be widespread. Talk to your neighbors to find out if they are also experiencing the same issue for instance, the flickering lights. It could be an issue with the power company.
  3. Find out if there could be a problem with your fuses or circuit breakers. Circuit breakers often trip when there is a power overload. This tripping is meant to protect you and the electronics in your home from getting damaged.
  4. If you realize that one of the circuits has a problem, the best thing would be to turn off the faulty circuit. Shutting it down until the electrician comes will ensure that everything in your home is kept safe.
  5. The next step would be to call in an electrician to come and inspect your home. You can request for an electrical audit where the electrician will look at the whole wiring and be able to recommend changes that will keep your home secure. You may be advised to invest in a new wiring for the entire home in case the existing one has deteriorated. Doing this may seem like an expensive undertaking but it is worthwhile considering the money you save and enhanced safety.
  6. Most importantly, take measures to improve the electrical usage in your home and maintain safety. For instance, one of the issues that may be triggering the circuit breaker trip is plugging so many electronics on the circuit. There are electronic items such as hairdryers that drive a lot of power and are likely to overload a circuit when used with other electronics. There are other electronics like space heaters that may cause overheating of the wiring. You need to avoid these measures if you want the new wiring to last. Ask the electrician to explain what measures you can take to keep your home’s wiring in proper condition.
Posted By: Blackstock Electric

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