Learning About Residential Electrical CircuitsLearning About Residential Electrical Circuits


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Learning About Residential Electrical Circuits

Hi there, I am Peter Jotel. After I bought my first house, the lights immediately flashed on, then burned out in an instant. I was left in the dark for a few days, waiting for the electrician to squeeze me in. After the electrician arrived, she immediately clicked the button on a hidden outlet and educated me on the different ways to reset the circuit. She also inspected the switches, wiring and outlets to find the cause of the fault. Before she left, she showed me how to turn on and off the breaker switches in case that situation occurred again. At that point, I vowed to learn all I could about residential electrical circuits. I would love to share the information I learned to help you feel secure with your electrical connections. Although I still leave the work to the professionals, it helps to know what's going on.

Signs That It Is Time To Call In A Residential Electrician

Whether you are in the middle of renovating your home or you are simply going about your life as usual, you need to know when it is that you should be contacting a licensed electrician. This way, you will save yourself a lot of frustration and you might even save your home from a potential disaster. To nudge you in the right direction, you want to check out the following hints and tips that it is time to call in a professional.

 The Outlets Are Hot To The Touch

Did you recently notice that a wall outlet was hot to the touch last time you tried plugging something in? Even if the outlet only became nice and hot after you had something plugged in for a while, you still have an issue that needs addressed by a certified electrician. This is not a problem that can be ignored because there is at least one wire inside of your wall that is burning up. If this issue is left alone for too long, you might find yourself dealing with a house fire.

You See Sparks When You Plug Things In

It is not okay to see sparks when you plug things in. You most likely have old outlets that simply need replaced. It only takes a matter of a few minutes per outlet. Make sure that you are calling an electrician that will charge by the number of outlets versus how long it takes him or her to complete the job, as this is ho you save money.

Your Breakers Are Tripping Off Too Much

While it is the job of the breakers to trip into the off position when they become overloaded, they should not become overloaded too much. Therefore, if you are finding that you are flipping breakers back on every day, then you have a problem. You might need new breakers. You might need upgraded to a larger electrical service and breaker box. This is something that your skilled electrician will be able to figure out.

Whether your problem is big or small, you want to make sure that you are calling a reputable electrician as soon as you notice that something is not right. By doing this, you will make sure that the problems do not grow into something much worse. Your family will also be kept nice and safe and it will be thanks to your quick thinking.

If you have other questions, contact a professional for additional reading and help.