With all the electrical devices in homes, eventually, you are going to need to do some repairs. Problems like power outages, shorts and improvements are something that every homeowner needs to know. There are a few things that you need to know about the electrical system in your home before doing any maintenance or repairs. Here are a few simple tips to help you understand electrical systems and safety when doing repairs:
Understanding Basic Residential Electrical Design
Your home has a 120-volt wiring system for things like outlets and lighting. There are also 240-volt wiring for appliances and other electrical equipment. The basic home repairs that you may attempt on your own should be for the 120-volt wiring. The main breaker box connects different circuits, such as the outlets in an area of your home or lighting and other electrical installations. Each breaker is designed to support a certain number of amps for the branch of electrical circuits that it carries. Overloading a breaker will cause different problems, which is why it is better to have a larger box installed by an electrician if you want to have more electrical service for your home.
Troubleshooting Electrical Problems and Power Outages
There are many problems that you may face with the electrical system in your home. One of the most common issues is tripped breakers. The breaker is tripped when there is too much load on a circuit. If the breaker trips, check the electrical devices that are plugged into outlets. Disconnect devices until you find the problem, if you continue to have problems, try reducing the electrical load by plugging crowded devices in different outlets that are connected to a different breaker. If your problem is power outage and no breaker has tripped, then you will want to turn the breaker to the off position for the area where the problem is and contact an electrician to help find the cause of the problem.
Safety for Doing Repairs and Improvements to Your Electrical System
Your safety is important when working with any electrical wiring. Make sure that you turn off the main power to your home before doing repairs like replacing light fixtures or electrical outlets. Since the breaker box carries high-voltage, contact a licensed electrician for repairs like adding more outlets or replacing breaker switches. In addition, have a voltage tester and insulated electrical tools for doing the repairs around your home.
When you need to do repairs to the electrical systems in your home, following some basic standards will keep you safe. Conduct an energy audit to learn about recommended repairs and improvements for your mechanical systems.