Electrical Circuit Issues: 4 Questions To Ask Yourself To Find The Source Of The Problem

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When an electrical circuit begins to malfunction, it can be extremely frustrating. If it is your HVAC unit that is connected to that circuit, then you could be out cool or warm air depending on the season. If it is your washer or dryer, and you are out of clean clothes with work tomorrow, then you may be heading to the laundromat at midnight tonight. When your circuit malfunctions in these situations, it becomes that much more infuriating. If you don't like messing with electrical components in your home, you can at least ask yourself a few questions to help determine the source of the issue so that youc an point your electrician or technician in the right direction once they arrive at your home. 

1. Has This Ever Happened Before?

If you've ever had an issue with a certain electrical component, then you need to check this before anything else. There might be a wire that keeps coming loose. You may have experienced a malfunctioning capacitor before or had problems with the HVAC fan motor. You may have even had issues with the washer stopping in the middle of a cycle. Always check prior problems first because there is a good chance that those problems may have cropped up again.

2. Has Anything Changed Recently?

If you've recently performed repairs, upgrades or renovations to your home, then the recent changes may be the problem. For example, your new HVAC unit may not have been installed 100 percent correctly, and there could be some loose wires or components. Another example would be that additional electrical wire and circuits were not installed even though an entire addition was added onto your home.

3. Is There Anything That Is Still Working?

Check and see if there is anything that is actually still operating. For example, with your HVAC unit, the air conditioner or furnace may not be running, but the fan motor may be making a humming sound. Alternatively, maybe the fan motor is just fine, but you hear nothing at all from the outdoor unit. This can help you pinpoint the area where the problem is occurring. 

4. Do You Have and Know How to Use an Ammeter?

If you have an ammeter and have used it before, then now may be good time to spark it up again. You would first turn the ammeter to AC. Then, take the black wire and touch it to a ground in the breaker box and take the red wire and touch it to the circuit's hot wire. This will help you identify whether the breaker is weak and needs to be replaced or if the problem is elsewhere. If you don't feel comfortable with any of this, contact a qualified electrician. Live wires can be extremely dangerous when not handled properly.

Finding the source of the electrical issue can dramatically reduce the time that an electrician or technician spends at your home, which can often result in cost savings as well.

For professional electrical services, contact a company such as B Electric Inc.

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