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.

Bringing In New Electronics? Make Sure Your Wiring Is Prepared

As new devices enter the market, you may find yourself grabbing a new TV, entertainment system, gaming console or computer. These devices can provide hours of entertainment and make life easier, but they could be in danger if you live in an older home. Age isn't the only problem, as homes that have suffered overcharged wires during electrical storms or flood damage may be a few days away from a complete failure. Take a look at what could go wrong and a few ways that an electrical contractor can help while providing other great services.

Failing Wiring And New Devices

Whether due to age or some damaging event, the wiring in your home could be brittle or broken. Even when broken, the wires can still touch under certain circumstances.

Thermal expansion plays a part in the problem. Metals, such as the copper in electrical wiring, can shrink when the temperature is cold enough and expand when the temperature increases. The shrinking and expanding happens constantly, which can cause broken or frayed pieces of wire to separate and touch. The constant contact and removal leads to sparks that can completely burn away wiring or even cause fires.

Wiring can also be broken by pests such as rats. An electrical problem caused by an infestation requires an electrician and pest control, but know that your devices may be in greater danger if the pest issue isn't handled as well. The actual device cabling can be gnawed or nested within, which can lead to problems that a manufacturer warranty may not cover.

Electrical Contractor Solutions For Frail Wiring

Replacing the wiring is only the first step, and if the wiring is old, you can look forward to a much more modern approach. Adding multiple wires to spread the electrical burden or simply as a backup in case of electrical damage can make repair and daily electrical usage much easier and more efficient.

Wiring paths can also change the way your home uses electricity. Older homes or homes that weren't wired with proper building code may have wire circuits that span multiple walls, meaning than an overload on one wall could cause multiple walls or the entire house to not work. If a wire breaks in one area, the entire circuit is broken. An electrician can split the electrical circuits to create multiple failure domains to avoid a complete electrical service loss.

To go with these repairs, an electrical contractor can add more outlets. You won't have to deal with creative surge protector placement as soon with strategically-placed outlets, which can reduce fire hazards and trip hazards in one solution.

Contact an electrical contractor to discuss repairs, potential causes for electrical problems and upgrades.