Troubleshooting Electrical Issues
When you're facing electrical issues in your home, this is a problem you don't want to leave to chance.
According to recent data, the third leading cause of home structure fires stems from the electrical distribution system. An estimated 51,000 home fires get attributed as electrical fires every year, resulting in more than 1,400 injuries, nearly 500 deaths, and over a billion dollars worth of property damages.
Troubleshooting Your Electrical Problems
Luckily, not every electrical issue you encounter is going to be a significant problem. Here are some helpful tips for troubleshooting minor problems and advice for when you should call an electrician in Mansfield.
Sourcing The Problem - Step one is establishing the source of the problem. Is your entire home without power, or is it only on a single breaker? Does the power turn off after starting an appliance or device?
If your entire home is affected, is there a downed line or regional outage that could be affecting you? Are other neighbors also without power? If "yes," you should contact your power company to report the outage.
Should you learn that only your home or part your house is affected, or no neighbors are having issues, you likely have an internal problem. Check your electrical panel for circuits tripped to the "off" position. If one or more circuits are "off," flip them to "on." Check the areas the circuit powers, and if everything is back on, you may have had a power surge that tripped the breaker. (Keep in mind that if you have GFCI outlets, they may need to get manually reset by pressing the reset button.)
If you pick up a pattern, such as the power going out every time after turning a vacuum cleaner on, this indicates a power surge that shorts the circuit.
When To Call A Professional Electrician
When a simple circuit breaker reset doesn't fix your problem, or you find yourself frequently resetting your circuits, this is a sign it's time to bring in the professionals. Both of these situations could indicate broader issues with your system.
You'll want to leave any electrical work involving circuit or wire repair to certified electricians to minimize the possible chances of bodily harm or property damage.
With years of hands-on experience, ongoing training, and access to a comprehensive toolset, you can rest easy knowing that you don't have to fix everything yourself.
If you're a homeowner in the Mansfield area and need help with troubleshooting or making needed electrical repairs or upgrades, contact the experts at Clements Electric to talk with a representative today.
We're here to provide solutions when you need them. With free virtual estimates available, we're happy to provide a cost-estimate before ever starting work.