The Most Common Electrical Problems Around the Home
30 Dec, 2019 / Comments: Comments Off on The Most Common Electrical Problems Around the Home / By Corey Haywood
Everyone needs electricity. That is a given. Unless you are living in a building that was built within the last 10 or 15 years, you may start to have problems with your electricity. You could have lights that flicker, or you could have circuit breakers that trip frequently. The bottom line here is that in this modern world, we use far more electricity than we did when many homes were built.
Having Enough Outlets
One problem is that you may not have a sufficient number of outlets to handle all of the electrical devices that have to be plugged in. This is not just referencing major electrical appliances, but also phone chargers, or your cool new devices that can turn your lights on or off or answer your questions whenever you ask it to. You may look at these devices and think they do not take up that much electricity; you are correct. Alone, they do not. But add these to the other electrical devices you have plugged in already, and you may start to have problems.
When you find that you don’t have enough outlets in the bedroom, for example, you will usually get an extension cord. Hopefully, one that is also a surge protector. Now you can plug everything in. This solves the immediate problem. However, it may be the beginning of the cause of another problem.
Too Much of a Power Draw
Your home has an electrical panel that is designed to support a certain number of amps. Older homes typically had a 60-amp service, and it was usually enough. However, as time and technology moved on, your 60-amp service may be insufficient. You may need to upgrade to a 100-amp or 200-amp service, depending on how much electricity you use. Get a certified electrician to determine this and do the upgrade. It is a fire hazard if you overload this panel.
Other Issues with Your Electricity
There are many common problems you can have with your electricity that are not necessarily dangerous but are annoying. Loose outlet plugs are very common. This is when you plug something in, and the plug seems loose. It is often a simple fix, but unless you know what you are doing, get an electrician to fix it.
Another common issue is a broken light switch. Light switches, like anything else, can wear out. It may stop working altogether, or you may have to jiggle it a little to get it to turn on or to turn off. Again, it is commonly an easy fix, but not if you do not know what you are doing. If you decide to check it yourself, be sure you find the right circuit it is on, and turn it off before you investigate. Getting a shock from this is dangerous.
You get a new and improved microwave, and while you are heating your breakfast, you decide to blow dry your hair. What you do not know is that both of these devices are using the same circuit, and before you know it, not only did the microwave go off but so did the hairdryer and possibly a light or two. Well, now you know what is on that circuit, and you also know that the circuit won’t handle both the microwave and the hairdryer. Reset the circuit and plug one or the other into a different plug. Hopefully, it will be on a different circuit. If it happens, every time you plug those two devices into the same plug and turn them, on it’s the devices. If it happens with something that takes less juice like a phone charger, you may have a short circuit, and you should call a certified electrician.