Common Winter Electrical Problems in the HomeYear-round home maintenance is very important. Knowing what to look out for can prevent costly repairs and disruptions in your daily routine. Did you know cold temperatures and moisture from snow and rain can affect your electrical system? Here are a few things to watch out for as winter is upon us.
Tripping BreakersWinter is an especially demanding time for electricity. Heating systems, holiday decorations, portable heaters, etc. put significant stress on your home’s electrical system. A tripping breaker is a sign of a serious problem that needs to be addressed. This means you are using too much power on that circuit. The action of the breaker tripping is a safety mechanism to avoid over heating and possibly a fire. If you have tripping breakers, no matter what time of year, you need to have a safety check performed on your electrical system.
Storm Damage and Power OutagesPower outages are a common occurrence during winter snow and rain storms. If a storm rips the power lines from your house, your first call is to the electric company to make sure the power lines are safe. But it’s up to you, the homeowner, to have an electrician reconnect the power lines to your home. For this, you NEED to call Clover Electric. Don’t do this yourself! When in doubt, call Clover Electric for more information on damage to your electrical service.
Old Electrical Equipment
Outdated electrical equipment can jeopardize an electrical system during the winter season. For example, if your outdoor light fixtures are cracked or rusting, moisture can get inside and short out the fixture or the trip the circuit.
If your electrical panel is in the garage it too can suffer from the cold and humidity. Rust can build up on the panel and create very hazardous conditions. If a panel is rusted, it’s a good idea to call Clover Electric to investigate the condition of the interior of the panel. If water, rust and corrosion get inside a circuit breaker, it can cause it to stick and malfunction. This is a very real fire hazard.
At Clover Electric, we always say ‘Safety First’. If you suspect a problem with your electrical system, give us a call for a safety evaluation. A small investment results in peace of mind knowing you and your family are safe and secure.