All homes and business experience wear and tear. If you own or manage a property you are well aware of the effort that must be put in to keep everything in working order. There seems to be a constant flow of repairs and maintenance. From keeping floors clean, to making sure all the bathrooms work, to keeping that lawn looking nice and healthy there are a multiple of things to stay on top off. Repairing and maintaining an electrical system is a top property because of how much of our everyday lived revolve around technologies that need electrical power to operate.
Electrical issues like flickering lights, or faulty outlets,are especially difficult to diagnose and troubleshoot. This is because,a property’s electrical system is a complex network of cabling, panels, and different connections. An issue in one part of an electrical circuit can cause issues that affect multiple aspects of a property’s electrical system. For example, if the lights go out in one room, the problem may be located in an area of the electrical system that is not even located in that room.
Routine maintenance can save you from the headaches of having to do repairs by helping prevent problems before they start. Let’s take a look at some quick electrical system maintenance tips:
- Be careful not to overload a power outlet with too many appliances or devices. Plugging in too many things into a power outlet is a common mistake people make especially around the holidays. In fact, there is always a rise in the number of electrical fires during Christmas time, due to all the extra lights people are plugging in. Too many connections on a single power outlet will cause circuit breakers to trip. It will also cause the outlets to overheat, and will increase the chance for an electrical fire.
- Make sure to use power strips that have been certified for safety. A power strip should have a form of circuit breaker built in to help prevent short circuits and power overloads. When you buy a power strip be on the lookout for a UL sticker. UL is a safety certification company that tests products for consumer safety and reliability. Products that have a UL certification sticker or notification have been officially tested and inspected. In the case of power strips, the UL will describe the power strip as appropriate to use for the purpose of a “relocatable power tap”
- Use surge protectors. Surge protectors, also known as surge suppressors, often look like power strips but they are not exactly the same thing. Surge protectors offer a more advanced level of protection from voltage spikes. This will help you protect your expensive devices, such as computers and flat screen TVs, from power surges that cause permanent and irreparable damage to electronics. Surge protectors are especially important in computer rooms, offices, and are an essential tool for your living room entertainment system.
- Avoid “daisy chaining”. Daisy chaining is the practice of connecting power strips to other power strips and extension cords. It may be tempting to do this if you are in need of extra outlets, or are trying to get power in a location far away from wall outlets. However, doing this will essentially disable the power strips built in safety features. They can also easily overheat, cause electrical sparks, and are a major safety hazard. If you own a commercial property or business note that the presence of daisy chains could be the reason you fail an inspection.
- Do not plug in large appliances into secondary power strips. Power strips are not meant to handle the power needs of large appliances such as refrigerators or laundry machines. These appliances are best plugged in directly to their own designated wall outlet.
- Test your power outlets. An out of service outlet can be a sign of further issues in an electrical system. An easy to use outlet tester can be purchased from your local hardware store. Routinely checking your outlets can help you identify wiring problems and other issues.
- Make sure your electric panel is labeled. Have you looked in your electrical panel to make sure you know what parts of the property each circuit breaker controls? Having mislabeled or unlabeled circuit breakers can make electrical issues even more frustrating to solve. If you need help figuring out your electrical panel, contact your local electrician for assistance.
Common Repairs performed by licensed electricians
Even with routine maintenance there will come a time when electrical repairs have to be made. This can be as fast as switching an outlet or having to rewire an entire property. The following are among the most common repairs performed by licensed electricians.
- Fixing flickering lights
- Repairing faulty wiring
- Repairing broken switches
- Rewiring/Replacing outlets
- Resetting tripped circuit breakers
- Repairing lighting structures and connections
- Repairing Issues with overheating electrical components
MMElectric provides a large variety of electrical repair and maintenance services for the central New Jersey including all of Ocean and Monmouth County. Whether you are in need of electrical maintenance, or need to repair an issue, it is best to do so with a reliable licensed electrician who can solve the problem and find the right solution.