Frequently asked questions

THE TOP FIVE MOST LIKELY ELECTRICAL FAULTS

There are five most likely causes of namely: fluctuating power, repetitious wiring, power surges, faulty fittings and circuit overloading. All these concerns can start a fire and cause injury to people if disregarded and not fixed at the earliest possible time. However, these causes can be determined and fixed without much difficulty.

FLUCTUATING POWER

Fluctuating power on an electrical appliance is a warning sign of an electrical wiring problem. The most common reason for this is loose wiring. To confirm if loose wiring is really the cause of this problem, turn off and unplug the electrical appliance in question and closely examine the entire length of its power cable. Check for signs of crack or any damage. If no damage is evident on the exposed length, dismantle the appliance and find the point where the appliance motor and the power cable are linked. When you have located the damaged area, cut that area away and strip ¾ inch of wire coat at the ends of power cables you are going to join. Wires are colour coded. So, regardless of the number of wires you will find inside the cable, you will not be lost. Twist the appropriate wires tightly together and wrap it up with electrical tape. Repeat the process until all the wires are connected. Finally, wrap the exposed area of the power cable with electrical tape.

EXCESS WIRING

Excess wiring is a widespread problem in homes. Especially those that have gone through several owners. You are certain to have many extra metres of excess wiring in the house. Probably in the ceilings. Some unused wires may be live and are not properly terminated. You can easily prevent any untoward incident resulting from live repetitious wiring by tracing and removing them.

POWER SURGES

Our electrical systems at home experience power surges once in a while. This is caused by an abrupt increase in the amount of electricity supplied from the national grid. These increases can cause overload and damage to your electrical appliances. Electrical companies have not found the way yet to eliminate this kind of problem but there is a way to handle power surges – by using Automatic Voltage Regulators or AVR. An AVR has a circuit that can regulate and maintain constant amount of power output. Use an AVR to protect your electrical appliance against power surges.

FAULTY ELECTRICAL FITTINGS

Faulty electrical fittings are also common causes of electrical faults. Switches and sockets must be changed when signs of wear and tear are evident on them. Check these fittings once in a while for any signs of burning because this can be a sign of faulty connection. Turn off the main power from your fuseboard and remove the covering of the socket or switch in question. Tighten all wiring connections using a screwdriver or small wrench.

CIRCUIT OVERLOADING

Circuit overloading usually happens when one or more sockets are using one line of wire as their power source. This can cause problems when several appliances are used at the same time and the power demand becomes too high for the circuit to handle. This will eventually lead to short circuit. We can modify the wiring and ensure proper load balancing.

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