By Mario Traina and Amber Traina, Owners, Allied Electric
Your home should be your safest space. One way to ensure that is getting ahead of potential electrical problems before they lead to safety hazards and costly repairs. That’s one reason it’s good to hire a licensed electrician.
Here are the five most common electrical issues:
1. Overloaded circuits: Plugging too many appliances or devices into a single circuit can overload it, leading to tripped breakers or even electrical fires. Adding more circuits to distribute your electrical load evenly can make your home safer.
2. Faulty wiring: Old or damaged wiring can be a major fire hazard. If you notice flickering lights, frequent circuit breaker trips or outlets that feel warm to the touch, it’s time to call an electrician.
3. Using incorrect bulbs: Until you convert to 100% LED bulbs, using light bulbs with wattage exceeding the fixture’s recommended limit can cause overheating and maybe even start a fire. Check manufacturer specifications and use the correct wattage.
4. Ignoring ground fault circuit interrupters: These protect against electrical shocks by quickly shutting off power when a ground fault occurs. If you’re using electricity in areas with water, such as bathrooms, kitchens and outdoors, do the safe thing and get these outlets installed.
5. Neglecting regular electrical inspections: A regular electrical inspection by a licensed electrician identifies potential hazards before they become serious problems. If you can’t remember when you last had your electrical system inspected, contact a professional.
We believe avoiding common electrical problems makes your home a safer place.