Have your exterior electrical outlets stopped working? Before calling an electrician in Huntsville, AL, check other outlets, light switches and appliances indoors. If you find others that are nonfunctional, mark them with a piece of tape for easy identification later.
Check inside the home’s electrical panel for a tripped breaker. There are potentially numerous causes for a breaker tripping, including surges from the power company or a problem with the wiring, to other potential causes. In addition, when a circuit breaker has tripped, turn it back on, and check for power at the malfunctioning outlets and/or switches.
When turning the breaker back on results in its tripping again, unplug any electrical device on the affected outlet. If the circuit breaker does not trip, the problem is likely in the item you unplugged. However, if the breaker continues to trip, contact an electrician for electrical repair.
Tripped Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter
Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCI), protect your home by shutting off the power to the circuit when an overload occurs. GFCIs will be located where water is a nearby hazard, such as in the kitchen, bathroom, garage, and on the exterior of your home. If you suspect that a GFCI has tripped due to a lack of power, a professional electrician in Huntsville, AL can determine the cause and provide the necessary repair.
To ensure the proper function of GFCIs, provide the following test:
Plug a night light into a GFCI outlet, and turn it on. Press the GFCI test button or switch. The light should go out. Press the reset button to restore power. If the light remains on when the test button or switch is pressed, the GFCI will require the services of an electrician. Contact a Mister Sparky electrician for repair.
Loose connections can cause the outlet to overheat, and may result in burned wiring. If you feel heat to an outlet or switch, see sparks, smoke, or smoke damage to an outlet, contact an electrician in Huntsville, AL for repair. Homeowners should be aware that a GFCI might not prevent a fire when a loose connection is present. Prompt repair is required to prevent a fire, when a loose connection or other electrical hazards are present.
A common cause of wiring damage is due to the use of electric space heaters. Space heaters can overload a circuit, especially when more than one is placed on the same circuit. Circuits should shut off when overloaded. Unfortunately, people may install a higher circuit breaker for breakers repeatedly being tripped, not knowing it increases the risk of a house fire. This is a very dangerous practice! This simply allows the wiring to heat up further, and can melt the insulation and result in a dangerous house fire.
Never replace a circuit breaker with a higher amp to prevent tripping circuit breakers. Thrown breakers are typically a sign of dangerous overload. Contact an electrician in Huntsville, AL to provide the electrical services required to ensure your safety.
Commercial Outdoor Outlets
Outdoor outlets can also fail for businesses. However, unlike a home, the outdoor outlets in a business may be rarely used, and a problem unknown for years if at all. Testing them annually by plugging up a night light is advised, or contact a Mister Sparky electrician in Huntsville, AL for a routine electrical inspection.
Three-pronged plugs and outlets offer a higher degree of protection against potential shock. Never cut or break off the third prong or attempt to alter an outlet slot. Older homes and businesses may have outdated two prong outlets. The electrical system can be updated to accommodate three pronged plugs. Mister Sparky’s electrical contractors in Huntsville, AL can provide the upgrades you need, for a functional and safe electrical system.
Mister Sparky’s licensed electricians are available for your electrical emergencies 24/7. Whether you require exterior electrical outlets repaired or replaced, or other electrical services, contact a Mister Sparky electrician in Huntsville, AL for professional services and results. Mister Sparky electricians deliver expertise, and the assurance of receiving quality services that meet or exceed the industry standards. Mister Sparky serves the North Alabama region and is a member of the BBB with an A+ rating.