Common Residential Electrical Problems

15 August 2017
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There are many electrical problems that can cause issues for your home. Yet, you may fail to take corrective action against these issues if you are not fully aware of the threats that they pose. Due to the risks posed to your property and the safety hazards these problems can create, you will be well-served to learn about the issues that may be the most likely to cause problems for your house.

Damaged Wiring

It can be easy to rarely think of the electrical wiring that is installed behind your walls, ceilings and floors. While the wiring will typically be fairly well protected, it can still be possible for it to suffer damage. These damages can occur when mice or other pests chew on the wires, leaking water can eventually cause the insulating exterior of the wiring to degrade and excessive current flowing through it can melt the wiring or its protective insulation. If your wires suffer these types of damage, replacing them is important if you are to avoid a dangerous electrical fire occurring. You can notice these problems through burning odors, the walls feeling hot to the touch, appliances suffering regular electrical surges or appliances suddenly failing to get enough power.

Dirty Or Corroded Breaker Connections

Your circuit breaker will be responsible for avoiding dangerous amounts of power being sent through the wiring. This will require the breaker box to have a number of electrical connections coming out of it. If you notice that these connections are gathering dust, you may want to clean them to prevent the dust from igniting. To safely remove this dust, you should turn off the primary power supply to the house and use compressed air to remove the dust. Unfortunately, corroded breaker connections will be more complicated to correct as they will need to be replaced, and this work can be extremely hazardous for an untrained person to attempt. Luckily, an experienced electrician will be able to quickly replace these damaged components.

Malfunctioning Outlets

The outlets will be some of the more visible parts of your electrical system. WHile these components are designed to be highly durable, they can still suffer a couple of different types of damage. If they sustain a strong and direct blow, the outlet may actually break, which can render it both unusable and extremely dangerous. If your outlet has taken this type of damage, you should turn off the flow of power to it until it can be replaced. Another problem that your outlets may experience will be a gradual loosening. This can occur due to plugging and unplugging appliances into the outlet. Luckily, you can tighten loose outlets without hiring a professional by turning off the breaker for the outlet and gently tightening the screws that hold it to the wall.