Any home here in Orlando can have electrical problems. Even the wiring in a newer homes is not immune from the sporadic short circuit. There are many electrical issues that cam be easily resolved. The level of difficulty can vary depending on the severity and age of the wiring. In las week’s blog we discussed troubleshooting common electrical issues, here are a few more.
Troubleshooting common electrical issues
Identifying an electrical problem is the first step in troubleshooting. While it may seem easy, an outlet that doesn’t work anymore or a flickering light, but there are other common problems you may run into.
Sparks coming from the outlet
Watching sparks fly when you plug or unplug an appliance can be pretty scary. Sometimes these sparks happen when there is a quick draw on the available electricity. Sometimes this just happens, but if the heat builds up too much, the insulation can melt and expose the wires. The next time the outlet is used, the electrons can jump over to the wrong area, creating a fire.
If an outlet is exposed to water, it can also cause it to spark. Which is why the ground fault circuit interrupter is so important to have installed.
Continually Tripping Circuit Breaker
If the circuit breaker is tripped or a fuse breaks every now and then, it may not be too concerning. But when they happen on a continuous basis, you need to have it checked out.
When the circuit breaker is tripped or you have a blown fuse, it means the breaker is not equipped to handle the electrical load. Which can lead to short circuiting and even a fire.
Older Homes And Appliances
Older homes, 20 years or older, are more vulnerable to electrical hazards. Outdated circuits, wires, sockets and older appliances can have the potential to start a fire. Older homes are typically not equipped to operate all of today’s new technology and need to be upgraded.
Have An Electrical Problem?
If you have any type of electrical issue within your home or business, Sanford Electric Company is here to help. Locally owned and operated, we guarantee customer satisfaction.
For the safety of your family, it is important your electrical system is working safely and efficiently. Ignoring issues, especially those caused by older wiring, can pose a fire threat.
It is important to remember these tips when working with electricity.
Never repair or install electrical equipment without the appropriate training
If any electrical equipment has somehow come into contact with water, have it inspected by a qualified electrician.
If an area has the possibility to come into contact with water or moisture, use a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI).
If there is standing water close by, never operate electrical equipment.