We rely most on our electrical appliances during the summer season. With temperatures peeking into the 100s, many of us are taxing our air conditioners and other appliances without even realizing it. To protect your most relied upon appliances this summer, read through our list of the most common electrical issues your home could face. You’ll be better prepared for whatever strikes your appliances, and you can even prevent these common issues from happening in the first place.
A power surge occurs when your home experiences a spike in electrical current. Devices that require a great deal of power, like refrigerators, air conditioners, and space heaters can cause these quick spikes. Additionally, if you have faulty wiring throughout your home, you could be susceptible to even more surges. Lightning strikes are another possible reason for power surges, and they can be dangerous enough to destroy computers, televisions, and routers.
Surge protectors and power strips can help protect your electrical appliances from damaging surges. Protecting yourself from surges is always a good idea. If a surge is strong enough, it could start a house fire in a matter of moments. If you’re home during an intense electrical storm, you can also unplug any of your more expensive appliances, like TVs and refrigerators, to eliminate the chance of damage.
If your home was wired correctly, each room should have proper wiring and dedicated circuits depending on watt usage per room. For example, bedrooms and living rooms typically house small devices like lights, fans, and alarm clocks, all of which need lower amp circuits. Kitchens and laundry rooms contain more heavy duty appliances like air conditioners, washing machines, and refrigerators, so they require higher amp circuits. If you start to over-amp any of these circuits past the amount they are built for, they will ‘trip’, and click, there goes all of your power in that room.
Overloading circuits is more common in the summer months. Lots of us plug in additional fans in rooms that aren’t designed for that much power. To prevent tripping circuits, be conscious of where you plug in devices and appliances, and try not to keep too many turned on all at once. If you continuously run into issues with your circuit breaker, call an Action electrician to install a dedicated circuit for any of your higher capacity appliances.
Blackouts or brownouts
Earlier this year, Salt Lake City was subjected to a city wide blackout, where almost 80,000 residents were without power for the better part of an evening. Most blackouts are weather related, and often take a decent amount of time to be corrected. It’s always a good idea to prepare for a lengthy blackout, because you never know when it might happen, and for how long. You can invest in a backup generator to supply your home with vital electricity during a blackout.
Brownouts refer to a drop in the electrical power supply. Brownouts typically result in lights dimming, and appliances not working at maximum capacity. Some appliances are more at risk of damage during brownouts, because they can get overheated easily, resulting in damaged insulation. A backup generator is also a good idea if your area experiences brownouts frequently, so you won’t be left in the lurch when the power supply dips.