One fundamental component of your home that probably isn’t thought about much is the electrical system. A lot of the time, homeowners only focus on electrical systems when an issue arises. However, if the proper maintenance is done ahead of time, your system will last longer, run safely, and with fewer problems. From Blitz Electrical in Edmonton, here is the electrical maintenance to do this summer.
Avoid overloading your system
Now that the weather is finally improving, your home will be warmer than usual. While plugging in portable air conditioners and fans everywhere seems like a good idea, it can be harmful to your electrical system. It can cause shortages or an outage in your home. Not only will the air conditioners then not work, but neither will other electrical components in your home. Avoiding plugging too many things into one outlet is a great first step for maintaining your electrical system.
Consider an electrical panel upgrade
Do you feel like your overloading your system? Are your circuits continuously tripping out? You might need a panel upgrade.
Old electrical panels do not have the capacity to run appliances and electronics we have in modern homes. Back in the day, a home would not have home theatres, gaming systems, automation and security systems, large appliances, and even air conditioning. If your circuits keep breaking, it means they are unable to carry the electrical load you’re putting on them. Upgrading your panel will make sure electricity is flowing steadily and safely throughout the home. Without an upgrade, you could be putting your home at risk of an electrical fire. If you’re not sure if you need a panel upgrade, connect with the professionals at Blitz Electrical.
Watch out for water
Keeping your electrical system free of water is very important. If it were to become wet, numerous problems can happen. The system itself would likely fry, but it also endangers other people in your home. You could get a mean shock if someone were to touch the water. Watch out in rooms where there’s a regular presence of water, including the kitchen, bathrooms, laundry or mudrooms, and outdoor sockets.
Outlets that are in rooms that have more moisture, like the bathroom, kitchen, and laundry room, should have GFCI (ground-fault circuit interrupter)outlets. These outlets protect people from electric shock. For example, if you have a hairdryer plugged into a GFCI outlet, and accidentally drop it in a sink of water, the GFCI detects the interruption in the current and cuts the power. This can save your life.
Replace old wiring
If your home is older or hasn’t had an electrical update in years, it may be time to consider an upgrade. Old wiring is dangerous as it can overheat and be a major fire hazard. If you have aluminum wiring, it is highly recommended that you have your wiring replaced. To check if your older home still has aluminum wiring, open your electrical panel. Right where the wires run into the panel check the side of the cables for AL or ALUM. That means they are aluminum and should be replaced. Hiring an electrician to replace old wiring will keep your home and family safe.
Blitz electrical can also assist with service upgrades.
Hire an electrician for new installation
If you are installing wiring for a new project, like a basement development or new garage build, you should always hire a professional like Blitz Electric. Building code requires it, and it is essential for your family’s health and safety. Should something be installed incorrectly, and you can be putting your home at risk of fire.
Also, an electrical company will be able to plan your wiring so it’s the most efficient in meeting your electrical needs. They will know the best places for outlets, whether you need a panel installed, or another upgrade you may not have considered. A professional electrician will come equipped with tools and expertise, ensuring your renovation project has great results. If you need electrical work done for your major renovation, home addition or construction project – connect with Blitz Electric first.
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Blitz Electric is fully licensed, bonded, and insured. They know you have plenty of options when it comes to electrical services, and that the difference in who you choose comes down to quality, dependability, and affordability. Their team is committed to providing a customer-first approach and the guarantee of a job well done.
For help with your electrical system’s maintenance, contact Blitz Electrical today!
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