Electrical Problems? Learn How To Deal With Two Common Issues

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As a homeowner, you may encounter odd electrical problems in your home over the years. It could be something such as a circuit breaker that frequently trips or an outlet that only has a single plug working. These types of problems are easy to troubleshoot on your own by following these steps.

Frequently Tripping Circuits

Wattage overloading is usually the problem when you find yourself constantly needing to reset a specific circuit in your home. It can happen when you use a single appliance that has a high wattage or have too many devices plugged into a single circuit.

The first solution is to narrow down what outlets share circuits. It may take some trial and error, but you can figure it out by plugging a light into each outlet and flipping the circuits on and off. Once you narrow down what outlets are on which circuit, consider changing around the outlets that devices are on. For example, you may have your TV on the same circuit as your window air conditioner, and every time the compressor turns on while the TV is also on, it trips the circuit.

The second solution would be to have an electrical contractor rewire the problem outlets so that they are on their own dedicated circuit. If you have an open spot on your home's circuit breaker box, it's possible to move some of these outlets to their own circuit.

Half Of An Outlet Doesn't Work

Sometimes light switches can be tied to specific outlets in your house and you may not realize it. Light switches can be set up to only control half an outlet as well as entire outlets, which makes things even more confusing. Try plugging in a lamp and flipping light switches around your home on an off to see if there is any correlation. If the switch is indeed tied to a light switch and you don't like it, the switch does not need to stay that way forever. Consider having an electrical contractor rewire the outlet for you.

If the outlet is not tied to a light switch and half the outlet still doesn't work, it is most likely a problem with the outlet itself. Replacing an electrical outlet is a simple job you can do by yourself. Just make sure that the power is shut off before you attempt doing anything, and take photos of where the wires were connected in case your home's wires are not correctly color-coded. 

For more electrical tips, contact a company like R & R Electric Co Inc.

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21 July 2015

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