Residential Electrical System | Electricians in Huntsville, AL
The residential electrical system in the home is comprised of the incoming electrical service to the home’s electrical service panel and its breakers, from which the wiring travels throughout the home to the lights, outlets and other electrical components of the home. For electrical service, installation or electrical repair call Mister Spark’s experienced and licensed electricians in Huntsville, AL.
A circuit breaker is a critical component of a home’s electrical system, and a crucial safety factor. The following will assist you to identify problems with a circuit breaker, enabling you to be aware of when to place it and when to call Mister Sparky’s electricians in Huntsville, AL.
A home’s electrical service panel provides the “brain” of the home’s electrical system. The circuit breakers that control the electrical components of the home are located inside the panel. For example, a circuit breaker will control the power service to kitchen plugs. A different circuit breaker will control an electric hot water heater, for example. It is possible that there may be a second box containing additional circuit breakers for other electrical components in your home.
The circuit breaker provides a safety feature. If a circuit breaker is overloaded it will turn off the electrical circuit. For example, if plugging numerous appliances into an extension cord draws more electricity than the circuit breaker is designed to handle, the breaker will shut itself off, cutting off power to the overloaded circuit. Power surges can also trigger a circuit breaker to shut off. By shutting off, a potential fire is averted to your home.
When an overload occurs and a circuit is broken, you will hear a brief snap, followed by the power going out in one or more areas of the home. Circuit breakers all have “on” and “off” position, when a breaker is off it should be easy to identify the offending breaker in its “off” position. When an overload occurs, turn off the affected appliance or light. Next, turn the switch in the breaker box to its “on” position to safely restore power.
Signs of a Breaker Needing Replacement
The following signs indicate the need for a breakers replacement and include:
- The consistent switching of a breaker to “off”
- When a breaker will not stay reset after returning it to its “on” position
- A breaker that is hot to touch (touch cautiously to avoid potential shock!)
- A burning smell coming from a breaker
- Burned components, frayed wires or other signs of wear or damage
Once you determine the homes electrical panel requires a replacement breaker or other electrical repair service, or if you don’t feel comfortable looking for the problem, call Mister Sparky’s electricians in Huntsville, AL.
Out of Date Wiring
Hopefully, your home was inspected before purchasing it, informing you of problems and recommended updates. Depending upon what the former owners may have updated, you could be facing major repairs and replacements. For the purposes in this guide, let’s say that your home has outdated wiring. You may be wondering where the line is drawn for required replacement and a project that can wait.
The safest choice is to have one of our licensed electricians in Huntsville, AL inspect the wiring for evaluation.
In an older home the type of wiring it has needs to be established. Out of date wiring, will require replacement, and may be a code violation, depending upon your location.
Out of date wiring, outlets and switches that don’t work may be a problem in an older home. If sparking, humming, or smoking is noted, or if they are hot to touch, it may indicate a serious electrical issue. Cut off the power to the affected circuit in the electrical service panel and call our electricians in Huntsville, AL.
Outlets in older houses are not likely to be grounded, unless a former owner had the wiring and plugs updated. A sure sign of outdated outlets is two prong plug outlets.
Unless it has been recently replaced, the electrical service panel may be in need of replacement. The presence of fuses provides a sign that it hasn’t been replaced in quite some time, and is reason to have the wiring and other electrical components inspected.
If the power goes out when operating multiple appliances, or when you plug in multiple holiday lights, this could be a sign of an overload occurring in the electrical system, or of an inadequate service line from the power company. Mister Sparky’s licensed electricians in Huntsville, AL can evaluate and identify the cause.
Achieving your dream home is the first step in restoring a beautiful historic home. Ensure the safety of the electrical system by having the electricians In Huntsville, ALevaluate it and provide required updates bringing it to code. This will ensure your home and family’s safety, and will provide peace of mind.
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