Spring is often considered the ideal time to work on their homes. It is wise to consider your electrical maintenance checklist now, given how important your electrical system is. To provide electricity to all your electronics, appliances, and devices, there are numerous working parts. Today, we at Burley Electrical Services would like to discuss an electric maintenance checklist.
Electrical System Maintenance Tips
Electrical Outlets. Dangerous conditions can come from problems with the outlet. Three-pronged grounded outlets or GFCI units that shut off automatically when a ground fault is detected should update all outdated models. Have it replaced by a professional right away if outlet is discolored or burnt, smells like it is burning, makes buzzing sounds, or is loose. During outlet repair, an electrical technician will also perform an inspection and repair any underlying wiring problems.
Electrical Panels. Because it’s typically not in the living space, you probably don’t think about your electrical panel. The panel is usually found in the garage, basement, or utility room where it receives all the power that enters your home and distributing it to each circuit. They can wear out, or the panel itself may develop problems since electrical panels contain circuit breakers that protect against overloads. Replace an outdated panel with fuses immediately.
Surge Protectors. During a spring storm, an electrical surge can threaten your home. There is also the risk of surges when utility power is disrupted though a backup generator can provide power during an outage. Carious electrical elements are protected with surge protectors. Consider a whole house surge protection, so a power surge does not burn out your device. Whether a surge occurs due to bad wiring, tree limbs falling on power lines, or as power is restored following a blackout, all parts of the system, including data inputs, are protected.
Major Appliances. In the fall and winter, large appliances, like wall unit air conditioners, washer/dryers, refrigerators, and ovens and stoves get a lot of use. To check for any issues, the spring is a good time. Shut it off and call an electrician if you get a shock or feel current from an appliance. To maintain proper ventilation the exhaust hood and duct serving the oven can be cleaned. Have these outlets installed for appliances near water sources if any countertop appliances should be plugged into a GFCI outlet.
Smoke Detectors. A good reminder to check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors is electrical maintenance. If you don’t hear anything, test batteries by pressing the test button and change them. Carbon monoxide detectors are less maintenance-intensive but should be replaced after five years of service, but smoke detectors should be tested monthly.
Air Vents. Check for dirt, dust, pollen, and other contaminants and cleaned accordingly when you check the AC vents. Check and clean system filters and replace them as needed. Some filters can be cleaned and reused, but most are disposable and must be replaced over given intervals. Ensure there are no obstructions blocking AC vents.
Outdoor Lighting. Around the exterior of your home too, electrical issues can occur. Make sure outlet covers close properly and inspect the condition of outdoor outlets. For any damage caused by winter weather, assess your outdoor lighting to check. Checking electrical tools and yard equipment and trimming tree branches that contact electrical wires are included in other maintenance points.