What common electrical problems are you likely to encounter in your San Diego home? The most common household electrical “problem” is a sudden loss of power when a safety trigger has been tripped. Other electrical problems are light bulbs and fixtures, dead outlets, appliances and switches. If you have an electrical problem we are ready to help you at Davitt Electric.
Many homeowners are capable of replacing light switches, installing ceiling fans and other basic wiring jobs, but safety experts warn do-it-your-selfers against dabbling in most elements of household electricity.
According to the Electrical Safety Foundation International, home-based electrical systems are the cause of nearly 55,000 fires a year, resulting in more than 500 deaths and 1,400 injuries. Electrical fires cost $1.4 billion a year in property damage.
Whenever working with electricity, remember these tips:
- Always assume overhead wires are live and fatal to the touch. If a limb falls on one during a storm — leave it alone and call the utility company.
- Never operate electrical equipment in or near standing water.
- Never repair electrical equipment without proper training.
- Have a qualified electrician inspect electrical equipment if it has come into contact with water.
- Use a ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) in any area that comes in contact with moisture.
Typical Household Electrical Problems
Because of the risks inherent in electricity, there are many safety features designed to cut off the power at the first hint of anything wrong. As a result, the most common household electrical problem is a sudden loss of power when a safety trigger has been tripped.
So whenever power goes out in one part of the house, but not the entire house, the most likely cause is a tripped circuit breaker.
Homeowners should be able to find the main breaker panel (what used to be called the “fuse box”), typically located in the basement or a utility closet.
If the individual breaker switches are not labeled, it would be good to switch them off one at a time and identify what each is connected to. This is best done as a two-person job. Also, a professional electrician can track down and label all of your circuits.
Either way, it’s important to know which switch controls the flow of electrical current to which outlets, light fixtures or appliances in an emergency.
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