Two Common Residential Electrical Questions Answered

Posted on: 30 May 2016

Electrical issues can be a common problem that homeowners will have to address at some point over the time that they own their houses. Sadly, it can be a common situation for a homeowner to have a limited understanding about these routine threats. To help these homeowners avoid some of the more common issues that can arise, it may be beneficial to have the following questions answered.

What Can Be Done To Mitigate Damage From Power Surges?

Power surges have the ability to course through your home's wiring and destroy any sensitive electronics that are connected to it. In addition to causing the inconvenience of being without these items, it will also likely be necessary to replace items that suffered this type of damage.

Luckily, a homeowner can greatly reduce the risk of encountering this type of damage by installing a surge suppression device or system. A whole-house surge suppression system can be the ideal solution for this threat, but there are some homeowners that may not have the money on hand to invest in this type of upgrade. For these individuals, it may be best to buy surge protectors for each individual outlet. While these devices will have a lower initial cost than a whole-house system, they will likely need to be replaced as they are only capable of preventing a limited number of surges before they will lose effectiveness.

Why Are The Circuit Breakers Suddenly Flipping?

Another problem that a homeowner may encounter can be the circuit breaker to suddenly start tripping more frequently. This can occur due to a sudden increase in the demand for electricity from the affected room. To test this, you should unplug any new appliances that were added to test whether the breaker continues to cut off the power. When this issue is not being caused by an energy intensive new appliance, it may indicate that the wiring has sustained damage that limits its ability to carry a current. Failure to have this type of damage repaired as soon as possible can make the house more likely to experience a fire due to arcing and other electrical phenomena that can occur when the wiring's insulation is compromised.

Addressing electrical issues will be something that many homeowners will eventually find themselves addressing. By appreciating the steps that can be taken to mitigate the threats posed by electrical surges as well as the potential cause for the breakers suddenly flipping, you will be better able to prevent electrical problems from leading to major damages to the house. To learn more, contact a company like Sun Coast Electric & Networking Inc