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Electricity may be something we depend on, but it can still be extremely dangerous. In some cases when, electrical circuit overload, this could lead to you losing power. If you don’t have circuit breakers in place, you could even be at risk of causing a fire hazard.
What should you be looking for when an electrical circuit overloads? How can you bounce back from this kind of problem?
Here is a quick and easy guide to what to look for if you’re worrying about electrical overloads in the home.
What Can Cause Electrical Circuits to Overload?
Electrical circuits can only take so much! If you overload a circuit, you are giving it too much work to handle. Each device you plug into a socket adds to a circuit’s overall load. Once you exceed this load, a circuit breaker will usually jump into action and cut the power off.
If a circuit doesn’t have a breaker, the insulation in the wiring could melt, and it could potentially start a fire. In most modern circuits, there are breakers in place. However, the best thing to do to avoid this situation at all is to be vigilant!
What Are the Signs of an Overloaded Circuit?
It’s not always easy to tell when a circuit is overloaded, therefore, it makes sense to be vigilant for a few of the more obvious tell-tale signs. These may include:
- Complete power outage in the home due to breaking of circuits.
- Burning sounds and smells from various sockets can be a sign that you are overloading your circuits. This may however, also be a sign that you need to upgrade or repair your internal wiring.
- Hot or warm switches and sockets.
- Certain devices, such as white goods and tools, can seem to be more sluggish than usual.
- Light bulbs and fittings can dim and flicker, and switches can buzz and hum.
- One of the more shocking signs of an overloaded circuit is a burned or scorched switch or socket!
What Can I Do If I Overload My Circuits?
The best preventive strategy with circuit control and overloading is to map out which circuits power which switches and devices. You can do this fairly easily by switching off breakers and fuses from your central service panel. Keep note of which devices turn on and off when you toggle breaker switches.
The safest thing to do in any scenario, if you have worries about your electrical circuit overload, is to contact your local electricians – Elsys Electrical. Attempting to handle circuits and overloading concerns on your own can be extremely hazardous. Contact a team who is experienced and certified to safely remedy your home electrical woes. Elsys Electrical Ltd is independently accredited and proud member of the National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting (NICEIC).
Serving Watford, St Albans, Hemel Hempstead and North London, one quick call is all it takes to get your circuits back up and running again. We’ll also make sure your wiring is safe to use for years and years to come!