It’s an unknown fact that electrical problems—from your home’s circuit breaker system to wall outlet and wiring issues, are often the main causes of some the most critical and dangerous types of property damage. For this reason, it’s extremely important for homeowners to provide regular electrical inspection and electrical repair for their homes on a routine basis, which are essential aspects of a home’s yearly maintenance plan.
At All Seasons Air Conditioning & Heating, Inc., our team of licensed, Fayetteville electrician professionals are highly skilled in electrical maintenance, repair, and installations for homes of all kinds. Take a look at this guide to evaluating your home for electrical safety and learn what steps you can take to prevent potential hazards and create a safer living space for your family.
Home Maintenance Checklist for Electrical Safety
Evaluating your home’s electrical safety status is one of the most important things you can do to protect your household from potentially life-threatening hazards. Following these simple steps (and calling a professional service to help when necessary) can help you prevent an electrical disaster before it happens. Here’s how:
- Have your home evaluated by a professional
electrician, to determine whether the current size of the circuit breaker is
sufficiently large enough for the size of the home
and whether it’s working properly throughout the property.
- The outlets that are close to wet locations
such as your bathroom and laundry area must be equipped with ground-fault circuit
interrupters. While these are standard in newer home constructions, homes that
are older may need to have this technology installed.
- Always unplug electrical appliances before
you wash or wipe them with water.
- Your outlets should have protectors,
especially if you have kids in the house. You can also use tamper-resistant
- Avoid fires and electrocution by replacing
- For plugs that are loose or wobble in the
socket, replace immediately.
- Avoid getting electrocuted by not forcing a
plug into a socket. It is also never a good idea
to adjust the metal prongs just to make them fit.
- Keep cords and plugs away from sources of
heat such as heaters and radiators.
- Don’t put furniture on top of cords.
- If your lights are flickering or dimming,
and you notice sizzling sounds or burnt odor near your sockets, call a licensed
electrician to perform electrical inspection and the necessary electrical
- Don’t plug your generator directly to the
electrical system of your property because it can adversely affect your
- It is not recommended to use extension
cords to power your appliances permanently because not all are built for
high-powered appliances such as refrigerators or air conditioners.
- If you’re not using the extension cord,
unplug it to avoid electrical and fire risks.
When to Call a Professional Electrician
If your home is more than 40 years old, regular maintenance with an experienced, professional electrician is of the utmost importance. Staying on top of maintenance issues before problems arise can help to save you plenty of money while preventing major damages to your home.
Other signs that you need to call a professional to evaluate your home’s electrical performance include tripping or blowing breakers or fusers, hearing sparks or smelling smoke when plugging in electrical appliances, flickering or non-functional lighting, a warm or hot-to-the-touch panel box, or when renovating your home or adding in new, large appliances. In all of these cases, it’s safe and smart to call a reliable professional to conduct an electrical inspection to inspect your home for possible issues.
Hiring a Trusted Fayetteville Electrician
Whether you need simple solutions for your tripping breakers, or your home’s electrical system needs major repairs, our professionals can help. All-Seasons Heating and Air Conditioning is the most trusted North Carolina electrician with decades of experience in the industry. Our experienced licensed electricians can provide overall electrical inspection, electrical repair, and all sorts of electrical services to ensure that your electrical system is working in top condition, to help keep your home safe from hazards.
Contact us today to get a free estimate and learn more about how All-Seasons Heating and Air Conditioning can help protect your home and family from serious electrical risks. For more details, give us a call to speak with a representative over the phone now, or fill out our online form to get started with a free, in-home, no-obligation pricing estimate.