14 May Normal Electrical Behaviors
Normal Electrical Behaviors
There are some things that electrical equipment and systems actually do on a consistent basis, but can still sometimes concern us. Let’s point these out, so you can spot the “normal” stuff in the future:
- Breaker trips are not always dangerous. When your breaker kicks off, what it’s doing is protecting your home from an electrical overuse that it has detected. Much of the time it is totally normal, and the odds are that you plugged too many things into a single circuit. If it starts happening all of the time, that’s when you need service.
- Breaker keeps tripping and won’t reset. If this happens the first thing you should do before reseting any breaker is to unplug everything that is involved with this breaker.
- Reset the breaker by pushing the handle completely into the “OFF” position (this will reset the breaker). Move the handle back into the “ON” position. If the breaker trips, don’t try again, this means it is in the wiring and at this point, give us a call. If it resets, then start plugging your fixtures back in one at a time. If it trips again while doing this then you now know what was causing it and keep it unplugged until you get it repaired.
- Flickering lights can just happen. Light flickering happens as a result of a sudden large charge moving through the home. It can sometimes happen when you turn on heavy power tools, or even high wattage appliances like space heaters. Storms can also cause it.
- Outlets can spark a bit sometimes. Now this one’s a bit harder to define, because it can go either way. If an outlet sparks unprovoked, or sparks a lot/for an extended period of time, it is an emergency. However, the charge that generates a spark actually always happen when something is kicked on or plugged in for the first time. When it happens in this way, it’s more of an indication that you need new outlets, since you shouldn’t really see the spark happening.