Where to Start When You Have Electrical Power Problems

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Published on February 25, 2014

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Do you have electrical problems? Wondering what to do next? The first thing you’ll need to do is determine if the electrical power problems apply only to your property or affect your entire neighbourhood. If there’s no electricity in the whole neighbourhood, call your power company and check with local media for any updates.

Where to Start When You Have Electrical Power Problems Do you have electrical problems? Wondering what to do next? The first thing you’ll need to do is determine if the electrical power problems apply only to your property or affect your entire neighbourhood. If there’s no electricity in the whole neighbourhood, call your power company and check with local media for any updates. Your power supplier will send out a technician who will troubleshoot to determine the cause of the problem, and should be able to tell you if it’ll be an extended power outage. Then, ensure all electrical appliances, including thermostats, computers, stereos and television, are unplugged. This will eliminate potential damage to their electronic components as a result of power surges that might occur when the power is restored. If there’s going to be an extended outage, you would want to leave one lighting circuit on so you can know when the power comes back on. To protect your perishable foods, keep your fridge and freezers shut. Most perishable foods will stay fresh for 24 - 48 hours, as long as the fridge or freezer remains shut during a power outage. But, if all of your neighbours still have power, then it means the problem is restricted to your home. The first step is to identify whether your lighting circuit-breaker has tripped. If any of your circuit breakers have tripped, turn them back on. If the circuit-breaker trips again even after unplugging the appliance that may have caused an overload, then there’s an electrical problem and you’ll need to engage a licensed electrician. Don’t try to make repairs yourself, risking injury and further damages. Repairing and working inside an electrical panel requires skill, and you should be left to a professional. However, before calling an electrician, you should check the following items. Check your property’s electrical panel for a tripped circuit breaker or blown fuse. If the circuit breaker has tripped or a fuse is blown, unplug any appliance you feel may have caused overloading. Then, reset the circuit breaker or replace the blown fuse. When replacing your fuse, it’s important to ensure that the fuse’s rating matches your circuit. Replacing a circuit breaker or fuse with one that has a higher rating can cause overheating, which may in turn lead to a fire. If your home was built between the 1950s and 1980s, you might want to consult with a qualified electrician to determine if your electrical system requires an upgrade. Electrical systems found in older homes may not meet current electrical demand, and could be cause of your electrical problems. Check the switches or outlets as well as hot lighting fixtures or flickering lights. Find out if there are any loose switches or receptacles, which might

be a sign of loose wiring or defective devices. Flickering lights may be an indication of loose or defective bulb. If there are any loose connections, you’ll need to call in a licensed electrician to inspect and rectify the problem. If there’s heat around lighting fixtures, it means there’s overheating, probably because the bulbs exceed the recommended ratings. If you detect burning odour or large sparks coming from switches or outlets, you should turn the electricity off at the panel. A burning smell or large sparks is a sign of serious electrical power problems that could easily cause an electrical fire. Consult a licensed electrician for appropriate repairs. http://www.cetronicpower.com/

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