Many times people experience power failures in their homes. One of the major reasons for this is bad wiring. Poor electrical wiring is hazardous and life threatening to those in your household. You have to pay a lot of attention to the following common wiring problems with an expert commercial electrician:
Ensure proper wattage of your fixtures and bulbs
Sometimes a fixture has a bulb with a higher wattage than what the fixture is designed for. You need to consult with your electrician on the proper wattage that your light fixture can handle. You will be advised to stay within the fixture’s wattage limit so as to minimise damage to the fixture.
Add more power outlets
If you do not have enough electricity outlets it means that you will have to heavily rely on extension cords and power strips. This can be dangerous as undersized extension cords can overheat and ignite a fire if the loads are too heavy. Your commercial electrician will have to add for you more outlets by snaking the wires through walls and ceilings.
Re-fix all unsafe Aluminium wiring
These type of wiring were very popular in the 1960’s and 1970’s and they acted as a substitute of copper but now they are completely out of date as they are no longer considered safe. Your electrician will retrofit a dielectric wire nut onto each copper/aluminium in light fixtures. Due to their special grease, they will stop any corrosion while maintaining conductivity.
Check for backstabbed connections in outlet boxes
Wires pushed in the back of the socket are more likely to come loose than those anchored around screw terminals. These can stop the switch to stop and result in a fire. The electrician will have to take out the switch from its outlet box and check for any loose wires. He will then release the wires and attach them to their appropriate screw terminals on the receptacle.
Replace plugs that fall out of the receptacles
Plugs can easily fall out of the receptacle when contacts have worn out and they no longer grip the prongs firmly. Loose contacts can cause arcing that can easily ignite dry wood and dust. Quickly consult with your electrician to replace the old receptacles as soon as possible.
Fix over-wired panels
In case your panels are over-wired with more circuits than they can handle this can become a contentious issue in case you are selling your house and the inspector notices this. This is because it is a clear code violation. So you need to find an electrician to add for you sub-panels with a few extra slots or you can replace your existing panel with a larger model.
Prevent electrical problems in your home by making regular inspection of your house’s electricity structure. Find a skilled electrician to periodically check for any possible faults in your house’s wiring system. He will advise on the best course of action to take.