Common Electrical Problems During Cold Weather

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Common Electrical Problems During Cold Weather

Lights needing electrical repair

Common Winter Electrical Repairs

Your home maintenance routine should include the electrical system. Noticing any electrical issues before they’re a problem helps prevent both costly repairs as well as uncomfortable conditions. It’s not unusual for the cold, sleet and other and wintertime conditions to cause a variety of electrical problems. Learn about common problems and electrical repair and prepare your home in advance for the winter months.

Electrical problems can pop up any time of the year, but they are especially critical during the winter because you need the heat! Worse, damage to your electric system is a major fire hazard. Heating is the second leading cause of U.S. home fires, deaths and injuries. December, January and February are the peak months for heating fires

Prevent electrical problems by inspecting the outside of your home, specifically looking for damaged or frayed wires vulnerable to harm from snow and ice. Check for any bird nests near electrical fixtures, as these nests should also be removed before they cause a fire.

Summer in Texas is intense and seemingly endless, but frigid temperatures can sneak up on you quickly. It is also important to look at the inside of your home. Since it has been awhile since you needed to run the heating system, ensure your HVAC system is running well. Turn the heat on to test the results. Make sure there is not clutter near the unit. Also make sure any electronic decorations have tight-fitting connections: three-prong outlets are optimal. These cords should be stored away from main walkways, and never beneath a carpet or rug, as this creates a fire hazard.

Checking the Electrical System

Prevent electrical problems by inspecting the outside of your home, specifically looking for damaged or frayed wires vulnerable to harm from snow and ice. Check for any bird nests near electrical fixtures, as these nests should also be removed before they cause a fire.

On the inside, be on the lookout for damaged, frayed, and exposed wire. They put you at risk of electrocution and electrical fires. Look for any patches of exposed wire, cuts, black or brown stains, or a nasty burning smell, as that usually indicates damaged wiring. If your home has damaged wires, replace them immediately. make sure any electronic decorations have tight-fitting connections: three-prong outlets are optimal. These cords should be stored away from main walkways, and never beneath a carpet or rug, as this creates a fire hazard.

Tripping a Breaker

The winter brings holidays spent with family and friends. Running the heat, having portable heating units and lit up holiday decorations, can place a considerable strain on your home’s electrical system. Breaker trips and other electrical issues, such as flickering lights, are common occurrences during winter.

How can you avoid a tripped breaker?  You may want to think about a heavy up. A heavy up will help accommodate all of your high-tech appliances and electronics by increasing the electrical power of your house’s electrical circuit. This helps if you have things such as home theater systems, and variety of other advanced technologies. Upgrading your home’s electrical system allows you to fully experience everything your electronics have to offer. Our certified electricians at C&G electric company can assess your home for electrical capability and recommend next steps in ensuring you stay warm this winter.

Power Outages and Home Testing

Another typical problem is a power outage. Consider hiring an experienced electrician to ensure your home can withstand the harsher climates. Three areas that should be handled by a professional are:

  • Annual Check of your home’s energy efficiency.
  • Generator Preparation:
  • Outlets:

Space Heaters

Space heaters cause many house fires if used excessively during the course of winter. They are not energy efficient and tend to consume a large amount of energy. Although they are useful when trying to beat the cold, space heaters must be plugged into a dedicated outlet and they should be unplugged when not in use. When used correctly, space heaters can keep your home warm without over-consuming power or overheating.

Out of Date Equipment in Need of Electrical Repair

Old equipment can be a big issue for your electrical system during the winter season. Old space heaters, electric blankets, etc. are often unsuited for the modern home. They can even cause an electrical fire. All older equipment or appliances present in your home must be checked regularly. Often used as a general guideline, if a heating appliance is older than five years it is outdated and may need to be replaced.

Static Electricity

Another common winter problem is static electricity. Static resulting from the charge imbalance in the dry winter air can be dangerous in certain conditions. If an unmonitored or damaged current or flammable substance is nearby, static electricity may result in quite powerful shocks. One cost-effective, easy way to prevent static electricity shocks is by using a humidifier in drier areas of your home.

Sparking electrical outlets

Plugging into an outlet can occasionally cause a few sparks to fly, but not all sparks are harmless. A sparking outlet can be a sign of a much bigger electrical problem. When an outlet gets too hot, it can melt away the protective coating on the wires, causing electricity to jump through the bare wires. An electrician should attend to any sparking outlets right away as they put you at risk of an electrical fire. It’s also a concern if one or more outlets don’t work at all.

Call on a Professional for Any Needed Electrical Repair

Keeping your home’s electrical systems updated and intact can definitely be a challenge, but C&G  Electric is here to make the process easier than ever. With our experienced team of electricians, all you need is one consultation to make sure that everything is in order. Whether you plan to have a quiet season or you’re hosting the festivities for family and friends, we will provide you with excellent service and peace of mind.

Call today C & G Electric at (940) 566-0711 for all your electrical repair needs.

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