When was your home built? Do you know of any electrical problems?
One of the first questions you should ask when buying a home is when was it built, and do you know of any electrical problems. These are common questions every buyer should be asking.
Australia is a world leader in electrical safety, but there can still be some accidents with electrical systems. When it comes to electricity in your home, your safety is number one. There could be some electricity issues that may not seem to be significant issues at the time, like flickering lights, high bills, and damaged appliances. If your home is experiencing any of these, it’s better to get it resolved by consulting with a professional like THG Electrical- Adelaide SA, to fix the issue. If left alone, it can cause serious damage and even be life-threatening. Here are the top 5 common electrical issues homes in Adelaide, Australia, have.
Wiring, Lighting Fixtures, Fuse Panel and Data Cabling
Most of the common electrical problems in residential and commercial properties begin with old wiring, worn out lighting fixtures, and old fuse panels. Data cabling is becoming more of an issue than ever before as more homes are being connected to the internet. Data cabling if not installed correctly, can cause you headaches like any other electrical wire in your home.
Excessive Load On Electrical Wiring
For every electrical system, there is a particular purpose. The electrical wiring installed for homes can’t support the electrical loads required for other buildings like factories. If your home’s electrical system is forced to carry more of a load than it is meant to handle for too long, the electrical components will wear out and won’t last the lifespan it was meant to.
A power surge is the outcome of a sudden increase in voltage in the electricity grid. There are a couple of reasons why power surges happen. One of the main reasons is thunderstorms. Some other causes are lightning strikes, grid switches, damaged electricity poles, or large home appliances powering up and down. If there is a big enough surge, there is potential for a fire to occur. To prevent this from happening, the safest route would be to have a licensed electrician install a surge protector fitted in your home switchboard.
Light Switches Not Working Properly
If you recently have just moved into a new home and your switches don’t activate that well or even at all, that could mean they have been superseded and the fixtures could have been removed, or there is a fault in the outlet circuit or wiring. If this is happening, make sure you consult with an electrician as soon as possible.
Circuit Breaker Tripping Frequently
Circuit breakers are designed specifically to protect you and your home. If the circuit breaker starts tripping, that means it’s doing what it’s supposed to be doing. High wattage usage like microwaves and hairdryers can trip the breaker. Other items in your home that are being used all on the same source will consume more power.
Plastic sheathed cables protect any electrical systems from fires starting. They are easy to damage if they are put on poorly or if there are any elements that are being exposed. Ceiling spaces are one of the most common hotbeds for this problem. Simply the slightest knock or disturbance in the ceiling is enough to damage the cabling. Simple treading on these cables can cause damage to their insulation and could potentially have live wires exposed. If you suspect any issues or concerns, don’t hesitate to call and talk to an electrician and have your home evaluated to make sure everything is working properly.