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Electrical Repairs: Do's And Don'ts For Safety

Electrical Repairs

Have you ever experienced flickering lights, like a scene from a horror movie, and wondered if it was just a spooky moment or if there was something more behind it? Or the last new high-tech appliance you plugged in, like that new toaster, tripped the circuit, causing things to go dark and leaving your toasted bagel to start the day.

It's crucial to recognize that electricity, while a dynamic force that keeps our homes and lives running, can pose serious risks if mishandled. A simple flickering light or a tripped circuit could be a symptom of a deeper electrical issue that, if ignored, could lead to dangerous situations.

Understanding Your Home's Electrical System

Every residential electrical system includes a complex network of electrical components to supply power safely to every outlet and device.

The primary electrical system components include:

  • Circuit Breaker Panel: This is the control center of your home's electrical system. It splits incoming electricity into circuits, protecting against overloads and surges.

  • Wires: Electric wiring serves like veins. They conduct and carry electricity to all the different outlets in your home.

  • Outlets and Switches: Outlets and switches are access points to gain access to electric power. A switch turns things on and off with a simple flick, while outlets provide power on demand.

  • Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs): GFCIs are unique outlets that offer additional protection. They help prevent electrical shocks in areas with high moisture, like bathrooms and kitchens.

Learn more about five common electric problems homeowners should be on the lookout for.

Do's and Don'ts for Electrical Repairs And Safety

Do: Regularly Inspect Your System

To maintain your home's electrical safety, inspect your system for wear and tear, including frayed wires, melted electrical plugs, scorch or burn marks on outlets, or a frequently tripping breaker.

Don't: Overload Your Circuits

By design, circuits can handle a set electrical amperage. If demands exceed that limit, they can overheat and cause damage. Use power strips sparingly to avoid overloading your circuits.

Do: Use the Right Bulbs

Ensure you're using the correct wattage bulbs for your light fixtures. Using bulbs with higher wattage than recommended can cause overheating and damage.

Don't: DIY Major Electrical Work

While changing a lightbulb or resetting a tripped breaker is OK, for major electrical repairs or installations, you should leave these projects to professionals. Attempting DIY repairs without a background in working with electricity can lead to severe injury or even death.

When to Call a Professional

If you're experiencing frequent electrical issues or need to install new wiring, it's time to call the experts.

Rockwall Electric is here to help in Royse City, Texas, and surrounding areas like Garland and McKinney. Our skilled technicians can safely and efficiently handle everything from minor repairs to major installations. Don't sit in the dark! Call us today.


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