Check Electrical Wiring
The majority of homes completely rely on electricity for cooking, lighting, refrigeration, and other essential appliances. A poorly installed and badly maintained electric system can be very dangerous.
Overheating can cause a fire outbreak that endangers your house and possessions. As a result, you should check your home wiring on a regular basis for telltale signals of an advanced problem, and you should call a professional to repair it.
Here are various ways to check for any faults in your house’s electrical wiring.
1. Be on the lookout for Visibly Damaged Wiring
During your electrical system checkup, keep an eye out for signs of wear and tear on the wires. Electrical wires can break down with age or from insects and incorrect wiring. Frayed cables pose a danger of fire and electric shock, so be wary of them.
If you see chew marks on the wiring, it might mean that there are rodents in your house. If this is the case, you should call a technician right away to fix the wiring. You should also watch out for tangled and messy wiring. This might be a sign that someone did a bad job wiring your house.
2. Check for Hot Outlets or Switch Plates
If you feel uncomfortable when you touch the outlets in your home, it might mean that there is something wrong with the wiring. Electrical appliances can make the outlet hot, but it should never be so hot that it feels uncomfortable to touch. If you have any outlets that are hot, unplug all the appliances in those outlets and don’t use.
3. Pay Attention to Frequently Blown Fuses or Tripped Breakers
If the circuit breaker trips or the fuses blow out often, it might be because something is wrong with the wiring. One possible reason for this is if you are using too many multiunit extension cords, which overloads the circuit.
To keep up with the high electric demand, you might want to add circuits and install extra outlets. If a single piece of equipment, such as the vacuum cleaner, causes the breaker to trip no matter which outlets you use, it’s possible that the device is at fault.
If the demands on your equipment exceed its capacity, you’ll need additional circuits to manage it. For example, an HVAC unit, driers, or other appliances that consume a lot of power will require special wiring. If you have no power demand but your fuses still blow, you may need an electrical panel upgrade.
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Next week we will publish part 2 of our series, How To Check Electrical Wiring In Your Home. Until then, stay safe and have a great week!
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