Electrical installations, while often simple, can be complex to the layman. Taking a look at the fuse box when the lights go out is something that most people can do, but when the problem is more intricate and difficult to assess than this, you might want to ask for professional help instead. Still, having the answers to some questions about electrical issues can make all the difference, as it can offer you both knowledge and peace of mind!
What’s a Short Circuit?
While this is a common term, not many people know what exactly a short circuit means, and tend to believe it just refers to an electrical malfunction. In reality, a short circuit is a low resistance connection between two conductors that supply electrical power to a circuit. This leads to an excessive current flow in the power source, meaning the current travels on an unintended path with a low or non-existent electrical obstacle in the way.
When Do You Need Rewiring?
There are no exact rules as to when you should rewire your property, since the fact that your wiring might be old doesn’t necessarily mean it’s unsafe and should be changed. The best way to make sure that you should in fact have it rewired is by performing regular inspections, so that you can be confident that your electrical installation is still safe. Checking out cables and sockets, for instance, is important, so engage the services of a professional to take a look at your property before deciding to rewire it. If, on the other hand, there are burn marks on your plugs or buzzing sounds and fuses blowing constantly, you might be in need of changing your wires.
Should You Remove Redundant Wiring?
Oftentimes, when you need to rewire an electrical installation in your home you’ll be left with wires you no longer need. Because they can become a hazard, due to the fact that you don’t really need them and yet they’re taking up space and, sometimes, are also connected to appliances, the best solution is to remove them. If this is not possible, however, you should still detach them from any electrical supplies, so that they don’t present a risk.
Why Doesn’t Your Light Switch Work?
One of the most common electrical issues is the fact that the light switches stop working properly. This can be due to a tripped circuit, which affects the current flow from the switch to the lighting fixture. The problem might also lie with damaged wiring or burned-out contacts.
Why Are Your Fuses Blowing?
If you find yourself blowing fuses all the time, your electrical panel boxes might be too old and not capable of handling the electrical load required for modern electronics. You can get rid of this problem by installing an upgrade, so that you can also improve your home’s electrical system ─ as well as making it easier to add future appliances and fixtures.
Solving electrical issues can sometimes be challenging, so it’s not surprising that you’d have many questions about it! You should always have a professional take a look at your electrical installation instead of trying to fix these issues, so that you can rest assured your home is safe against current and potential problems. Don’t hesitate to contact us on 0151 482 5534 if you wish to learn more about what we can do for you!