This time of year can be quite magical. Twinkling lights are everywhere you look and cute music is playing in every store. What is much less magical, however, is when you go to plug in a string of holiday lights or another piece of electrical holiday decor and the outlets shoots out sparks or, worse, trips a circuit breaker.
If you have noticed things like this occurring during your holiday decoration routine, there is a strong chance that you need to reach out and schedule Durham electrical services. Why? Because scheduling an appointment to have your electrical system checked is the best way to avoid further or worsening problems!
What Could Cause an Electrical Overload
There are a few things that could cause a circuit breaker to trip. One cause would be loose or frayed wiring that is creating a shock risk. Another risk factor would be when too many things are plugged into the same outlet and overload the circuit serving it.
Signs of an Electric Overload
Considering how much most homes are taxing their circuit breakers during this time of year, it is common to find a lot of tripped circuit breakers. However, in some cases, a homeowner can avoid getting to this point by knowing what signs to watch for that tell them they are overloading the system. These include:
- Lights that are flickering, blinking or dimming,
- Wall plates that are warm to the touch or appear discolored.
- The sound of crackling, sizzling, or buzzing.
- A burning smell emanating from outlets or wall switches
- Receiving a mild shock when using appliances, switches, etc.
Avoiding an Overload
Recognizing when you are at risk of overloading your system is one thing. Avoiding it is another. There are a few different ways to avoid causing an electrical panel overload.
- Watch your amperage: Each circuit on your electrical panel services one or more outlets and they are only able to handle so many amps of electricity. If you surpass this limit (such as by plugging in a power strip so one outlet can handle multiple appliances) you will trip the circuit breaker.
- Avoid power strips: Like we just mentioned, power strips can be trouble. A power strip merely adds outlets, not electrical capacity. Using too many power strips or multi-outlet converters can raise the risk of an overload.
- Have an electrician give your home a once over: A professional electrician can come to your home to check for things like frayed wires creating a shock risk, or an electrical panel that needs to be updated.
Electrical Assistance from the Professionals
If you are having electrical trouble, don’t let it continue. You can schedule an appointment with a professional electrician today so you can get back to enjoying your twinkling and well-lit holiday season as soon as possible. A professional can check your system and work with you to make sure your outlets, circuits, and wires are up to date and safe.
The electricians at Sloan Service Company, Inc. are committed to your safety and to quality work. Contact the Heating, Cooling, & Electrical Experts today.