Common Electrical Issues at Home
Getting your home prepared for winter is no different than ensuring your car is safe on an icy road. We depend on a safe and reliable electricity supply more than ever in the Winter - many people leave appliances working when they leave for work in the morning - things like slow cookers, tumble dryers, heating and lights - this places a bigger demand on your electricity supply - how do you know whether your electrical circuits in your home are capable of the increasing loads we place on them each year? Just last week I saw a huge increase in calls from customers in Essex and London who were experiencing problems after switching on their storage heating, fuses blowing and flickering lights when using appliances such as washing machines and cookers. Many of my customers often experience problems with their electricity for some time before they call us.Common Electrical Issues at Home, my Electrical Tip is to always call an electrician if you are in any doubt about your electricity. Just because it is still working does not mean there is not a problem. Problems left will only get worse over time and eventually can cause harm to you and/or your family and your home. Many Winter problems are easily solved and then you have the peace of mind that electrically your home is safe over the Winter. Here are some Common Electrical Issues at Home typical problems: Lights flickering on and off - this is a sign of a loose connection at your consumer unit (fuse board) and is often accompanied by a strong fish like smell. If this problem is left, the cables can burn and cause a fire. Fuses blowing or trips tripping - this always happens for a reason - these are safety devices that protect a circuit. Simply replacing the fuse or turning the trip back on without knowing the cause could potentially damage the cables or fittings on the circuit. The longer this is left for, the more expensive the job becomes to repair and you also have the risk of injuring someone too. Before turning on your electric storage heating, carry out some simple checks first which could save a costly repair. Ensure that the vents haven't become blocked, make sure that furniture is not too close, watch out for a build up of dust and pet hair/fur and finally check that the thermostats are working. Consider having an electrical inspection of your home if you haven't had one carried out in the last few years. The cost is not high, and could save you money as any potential problems can be spotted before they become an issue. It is also peace of mind that you and your family are safe from electrical injury. If you are serious about safety in your home, then add a home electrical inspection to your annual gas safety check and your cars winter service.