Most of us dread electrical faults. They are not only dangerous but they can also be very annoying. Unfortunately, electrical failures are inevitable and can occur at any time. It is a good idea to learn what might happen & how you can help stop any basic electrical faults. Common signs of electrical problems include damaged electrical appliances, flickering lights, and high electricity bills. Common causes of electrical faults include equipment failures, bad weather, and human error. Electrical problems are dangerous and need to be handled as soon as possible by a qualified electrician. Below are common electrical faults that might occur in your house and their causes.
Top 3 common electrical faults
1. Electrical surges
Electrical surges are normal, however, if they occur frequently, then that is a sign of an electrical fault. Recurrent electrical surges can damage crucial electrical components, this then lowers their life expectancy. Electrical surges mainly occur when an electrical device connected to your home’s central power system consumes too much power. To stop electrical surges, disconnect any electrical device that is improperly connected to your home’s primary power system. However, if the problem persists, call a professional electrical as soon as possible.
2. Circuit breaker tripping
Circuit breaker tripping is another common electrical fault that many homeowners experience. A circuit breaker is a switch that controls and protects your house electrical power system from electrical overloads. Circuit breaker tripping is not only inconveniencing but also annoying. The circuit breaker usually trips when too much electricity is loaded and it cannot handle flow through it. Other reasons why your circuit breaker keeps tripping include short circuits and ground fault surges. The best way to prevent the circuit breaker from tripping is to avoid using appliances that have high electrical loads that the circuit breaker can’t handle. If the problem persists, call us on 01604 217 817 and we can come and help you.
3. Short circuit
A short circuit usually occurs when there is a low resistance between two conductors supplying power to the circuit. In most cases, a short circuit usually occurs when an overloaded wire heats up, this damages the wire insulation. This causes two live wires to come into contact with each other, resulting in a short circuit. Other common causes of an electrical short circuit include a faulty appliance or loose wire connection. Short circuits are dangerous and can sometimes cause fires. If a short circuit occurs in your home, go to the main power box and switch off the power immediately, then call an experienced electrician like us to come and fix the problem.
Loose electrical connections
Loose connections can result in short circuits, fires, electrical shocks, and high electricity bills. This is because they create high resistance to the flow of electrical current, this forces the electrical appliance to heat up. If you have noticed that a particular wall socket heats up when you connect an electrical device, then it might be as a result of loose connection. Loose connections are dangerous and need to be looked at by an experienced electrician, call Falcon Innovations today.
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