Summer is the favorite time of the year for many Americans, but with the summer fun comes the time of the year, homeowners often experience electrical issues, including tripped circuit breakers, flickering lights, and many other problems. If you suspect you have a problem with the electrical systems in your home, contact the experts at Burley Electrical Services for immediate assistance.
Can Hot Weather Trip a Circuit Breaker?
Does your circuit breaker trip regularly? The most common culprit for a tripped circuit breaker during the summer is your air conditioning unit. While a tripped circuit breaker is inconvenient, it serves an essential purpose by preventing the risk of an electrical fire. When your circuit becomes overloaded by too much electricity, it will immediately shut off all the power within the home. If your circuit breaker is regularly tripping, contact the licensed professionals at Burley Electric to inspect and diagnose your electrical system, and discover why your breaker is tripping and make the necessary repairs to avoid any potential safety issues associated with a tripped breaker.
Is it OK to Run Ceiling Fans All the Time?
Technically, your ceiling fan doesn’t reduce the temperature in your home; instead, it creates a wind chill making your home feel cooler than it is. Ensure the blades on your ceiling fan are set to rotate counterclockwise and turn the fan off to conserve energy when you are not using the room. When used correctly, ceiling fans can help reduce your electrical bill. If you don’t have ceiling fans, contact the experts at Burley Electrical Services to schedule an appointment to get your ceiling fans professionally installed.
Is it Safe to Use Multiple Extension Cords?
If you own an older home, you probably don’t have enough electrical outlets to support multiple appliances, forcing you to use extension cords to help compensate. Extension cords are designed to be used as a temporary solution as opposed to a permanent one. Damaged and frayed extension cords are a fire hazard. If you are using extension cords permanently, contact Burley Electrical to schedule an appointment as soon as possible. A licensed electrician will arrive promptly to install additional outlets for your safety and convenience.
Are Flickering Lights Dangerous?
Are you experiencing flickering lights when your AC unit turns on? Schedule an appointment with a licensed Burley Electrical Services electrician to inspect your electrical system and diagnose the problem before it results in a tripped circuit breaker. If your circuit breakers trip regularly, it can result in increased energy costs.
What Happens During a Brownout?
As the outside temperatures soar, the demand for electricity increases; as the power company struggles to keep up, this increased demand could result in a brownout. Signs of a potential brownout include flickering lights and appliances. A single residence does not cause brownouts; they are caused when multiple customers use several devices simultaneously, overloading the power grid. Consider installing a backup generator and whole home surge protection to provide power when you need it and protect your valuable electronics.