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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.

Own An Older Home? These Inspections Can Save You Some Money Long-Term

There are a variety of things to take advantage of as a homeowner that renters don't have the opportunity to enjoy, such as the ability to make renovations and aesthetic changes without having to get permission from someone else first. Unfortunately, plenty of responsibility tends to go hand-in-hand with all the benefits of owning an older home. For example, you'll likely face maintenance and repair bills that really start to add up as time passes. The good news is that you can have a couple of inspections done to save some money on both repair expenses and maintenance tasks long-term. Consider scheduling the following home inspections:

An Electrical Inspection

If your home is more than 40 years of age, its electrical system should be inspected to minimize dangers, reduce the chance of needing repairs, and optimize performance. Your electrical system should also be inspected anytime you complete a major renovation or install a new appliance in the home. Your electrical technician will ensure that there aren't any issues with wiring that is concealed behind walls, and will look for any malfunctions that need to be addressed to improve functionality and safety within your household overall. Here are other services your technician should provide:

  • The replacement of outdated wires and fuses where necessary.

  • The testing of all electrical panel components.

  • The audible and visual inspection of light outlets.

  • The inspection and replacement of wet outlet areas when required.

Ask your technician to provide you with a checklist that you can use to personally inspect the basic functionality and safety of your electrical system throughout the year, so you're able to detect problems before they become too serious or expensive to repair.

A Window and Door Inspection

If the windows and doors in your older home are leaking air, you are likely spending more money on energy than you should be. Well sealed windows and doors can save you a significant amount of money on your cooling and heating costs, minimize infiltration of dust and pollen, improve humidity control indoors, and even reduce noise pollution that is generated from the outdoors.

Have a professional inspect your doors and windows once in a while to catch and repair any leaks that are making your house vulnerable to the outdoor elements. In addition to ensuring proper performance with periodic inspections, you can reinforce the effectiveness of your windows and doors by applying weatherstripping or spray foam insulation to them.

The bottom line is that you should be able to save an impressive chunk of change just by having your home's electrical system, windows, and doors inspected once in awhile. For more information, contact electrical contractors, like those who do electrical repairs by Richard Salter Electric Ltd.