Electrical installations can age and can become overloaded, particularly in old homes where the wiring was not designed for the number of electrical appliances in use today. Warning signs that the installations in your home are becoming dangerous include plugs and sockets that are hot to the touch or have brown scorch marks on them, fuses that blow and circuit breakers that trip for no reason, and flickering lights.
Troubleshooting Wiring Problems
The first rule to remember is that basic house wiring can be dangerous. Never attempt to do it without a good understanding of how it works and safe work practices. You never want to work on basic house wiring in your home with the power on. It is much safer to turn the circuit off at the panel before working on the device. Someone could accidentally turn on the switch by mistake and an accident ensues.
In addition you need to take it one step further. Have a non contact voltage tester with you and check the box before you mess with it. It is possible for more than one circuit to run through the same box. You may have shut one of them off, but there could still be hot wires in the box. The number of combinations you can find in basic house wiring is staggering.
Troubleshooting Electrical Circuits
Troubleshooting electrical circuits can be helpful when you are getting overloads on one circuit. It may be that you have to move a high wattage item like a 'space heater' or 'kitchen appliance to another circuit. This can eliminate the breakers tripping when multiple items are turned on at the same time.
Tracing the wiring for a circuit can be challenging for an amateur. The wires run through walls and ceilings and don't always follow a logical path. Most of the time tracing the wiring is not necessary. Knowing which circuit supplies an outlet or light fixture is all that is needed most of the time
1.If your power goes off because your circuit breaker has tripped, look for the lever in the "off" position (A) or where the button has popped out (B).
2.Switch off lights and unplug all appliances on the faulty circuit.
3.Push the operating lever to the "on" position (A), or push in the button on the circuit breaker (B).
4.If however you are not able to locate all troubleshoot the problem, call experts to repair your ACB.
Troubleshooting Outlet Problems
When you are troubleshooting outlet problems you first want to make sure it is not something simple. Checking the circuit breaker or fuse is a good first try. A loose plug is another simple problem.
Follow These Steps:
- 1.Use a tester or a device that is working to see if you have power.
- 2.Check the device.
- 3.Check to see if a GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit) is tripped. See if the button has tripped on this or nearby GFCI receptacles. Reset the GFCI and see if the outlet works.
- 4.Check the breaker to see if it has tripped. Try moving some items to different plugs and reset the breaker.
Electrical outlets are fairly simple devices that normally work fine. However, the devices themselves are inexpensive and the quality is not always the best. The installation can also be a factor. Fixing them is not that hard.
Basic Tips For Electrical Safety At Home
- Turn Off the Power
- Tape the breaker in the off position
- Use a Tester
- Stay Alert
- Wear non conductive shoes and gloves when working on electrical devices
- Never use screwdrivers, pliers or strippers with metal handles
- Never work on a metal ladder. Use wooden or fiberglass ladders with insulated feet
- Never work on electricity or use electrical devices in wet locations
- Never work near or use a ladder near power lines
- Make sure the cords and plugs are in good condition on your power tools
- Make sure extension cords are not damaged in any way
- Do not overload your circuits
- Do not attempt any repair if you are unsure of how things should be hooked up
These hacks will point you to the resources that will give you the required knowledge. The first thing, you should do, is take care when you are dealing with electricity. It is dangerous and can hurt or even kill you.