Leading Causes of Electrical Fires

Although they may only account for a fraction of residential fires, electrical fires can be devastating and even fatal. To prevent your having any issues at your home, be sure to check the following areas of your house that are the most common places where electrical fires start.

Failed Electrical OutletOutlets

If you go to plug in an appliance and nothing happens, it could be a sign that the wiring leading to the outlet might be loose. In this compromised state, the wiring could be exposed behind the call, potentially leading to contact with wall insulation or causing sparking behind the outlet. To fix this situation, have an electrician come out and look for the cause of the outlet failure and make any necessary repairs to the connection or the outlet itself.

Appliances

Speaking of appliances, whenever a power cord becomes frayed or starts to fall apart, you should have the connection repaired or replace the cable, if possible. Exposed wires can be dangerous for anyone using the appliance and can allow heat transfer from the connection to combustible surfaces that the cord may be set on. In fact, faulty appliance connections and outlets are the leading causes of home fires. Also, if you feel a mild shock or tingle when touching an appliance, it often is a sign of a ground fault or incorrect wiring. Don’t simply ignore it – call an appliance repair professional or electrician to come take a look.

Circuit Breakers

Although circuit breakers are meant to prevent a circuit from overloading, sometimes they can do their job a little too much and that’s a problem. Modern equipment and technology often requires more power than devices even a few years ago, which can put extra strain on an outdated circuit breaker. If your breaker continues to trip, it is time to contact an electrician. An older breaker box can have wear that prevents the circuit from being thrown properly or allow an overload to start a fire. Be safe, not sorry, and call an electrician to investigate and replace your breaker box, if needed.

Light Fixtures

Make sure that all of your light fixtures have bulbs that meet the proper wattage capability of the fixture. If the bulb’s wattage is too high, it could lead to an electrical fire. If you aren’t sure about the proper wattage, a simple way to test is to check the area around the fixture once you put a new light bulb in. If you feel heat, switch to a lower wattage bulb as the current one’s wattage is too high for that fixture.

If you think your home might have faulty wiring or the wiring is in need of repair, let Always on Electric help. We offer residential and commercial electrical services to keep your home or business protected from electrical fires. For more information, call us today at 970-309-2616!

Do I Have Too Many Things Plugged In?

In today’s day and age, we tend to be always powered to our devices. When living in a home, we forget that even when our devices are plugged in and not being used, they still can cause issues to the circuits. This is what we call a circuit overload. There can be many problems when you plug in too many things in your home. Your home can’t handle too much all at once, so it’s important to be smart when using electronics and other appliances.

Electrical plug with many plugs in it

Overloading of Power Boards

What happens frequently in homes is the overloading of power boards, which then causes circuit tripping. If you have several electrical outlets in use doing quite a bit of work supplying power to entertainment units, power strips with many things plugged in, and other big items, this can easily cause circuit tripping in your home.

How do you avoid this problem?

  • Remove all devices that aren’t in use (charging chords still draw power when not connected)
  • Don’t over burden a single circuit. Spread out your devices
  • Pay attention to the necessities. Unplug things after you use them

If you’re experiencing frequent circuit tripping even after you’ve taken the steps to unplug the unnecessary items, contact a professional electrician like Always On Electric Inc. We have the capabilities to help even with new home builds. When homeowners buy all new appliances, we come in to help with the setup of electrical needs including light fixtures, ceiling fans, electrical upgrades, and more!

We can help get to the bottom of your electrical problems in a flash. Please don’t hesitate to reach out when you’re experiencing circuit tripping or any other electrical problem. Contact Always On Electrical Inc. at 970-309-2616 today or visit us online for more information!

Reasons to Consider Changing the Lighting in Your Home

Installing New Lighting in Your Home Has it been more than a few years since you last updated the lighting in your home? If so, it could be making your entire house look outdated. You might not necessarily realize it, but your lighting could be taking a toll on your interior design if you have older fixtures in place. Consider changing the lighting right away to bring your home up to speed. Here are some of the other reasons why you should do it.

New lighting will revitalize different parts of your home

If there are some specific areas in your home that are too dark almost all the time, new lighting can change that right away. Whether you choose to install a larger lighting fixture that will add more light to a room or several lighting fixtures, you’ll be able to make any area brighter. This can enhance your mood and allow people to see what they’re doing in certain parts of your home.

New lighting adds character and personality to your home

Many homeowners try to create a feel within their home through their use of interior design. But unfortunately, their lighting can mess with that feel and throw it all off. New lighting will add some much-needed character and personality to a space and work nicely with the other interior design aspects within it. From lamps and pendant lights to chandeliers and sconces, you can choose whatever will fit the feel of your home.

New lighting reduces your energy costs

Using older lighting fixtures and traditional lightbulbs in your home can drive your energy costs way up. You can bring them back down with new lighting fixtures outfitted with LED bulbs. You could cut your costs pretty significantly when you choose the right fixtures and bulbs for your home and reduce the numbers of times you have to change your bulbs moving forward.

Are you already thinking of all the ways you can change the lighting in your home? Call Always on Electric at 970-309-2616 today to see how our residential electrical services can help you install new lighting in your home.