More Electrical Safety Tips
We are constantly trying to educate our customers and friends about electrical safety and awareness, and the dangers involved. We have seen too many instances of injuries caused by poor, old or shoddy electrical work. We hope this brings more awareness to you and a greater understanding of the importance of properly installed and maintained electrical devices and equipment. This advice is directed at capable and/or licensed individuals and shouldn’t be done if there is ANY question or concern about your ability to find and make needed repairs. We at DASECO are always here to help when electrical repairs/replacement is needed.
Do NOT attempt any electrical repairs without the proper tools, equipment and knowledge. Electricity is extremely dangerous, and should never be played with without proper knowledge and training.
Listen to your breaker
A breaker that trips immediately after it has been reset is telling you that there’s an electrical problem. Sure, sometimes the breaker itself is to blame, and in some cases there may just be too large an electrical load operating on that circuit. But it’s more likely that the breaker is tripping because there’s a severe electrical problem. Keep pressing that breaker, and you’re likely to cause a fire.
Solution: Leave the breaker in the OFF position and contact an electrical contractor immediately for service.
Outlets with a faceplate that’s warm to the touch
Cause: An overly large electrical load operating on that outlet, undersized wiring or a loose electrical splice. (Note: it’s not unusual for dimmer switches, especially large ones, to be warm. Unless the switch face is actually too hot to touch, a warm dimmer is not a hazard in most cases)
Solution: Cut power at the breaker and investigate. Look for a loose splice, melted connections, burned insulation. Repair as necessary. Also, evaluate wattage of device; it may be too large relative to supply wiring. Move device to another circuit, preferably one served by a 20-amp circuit breaker and 12-gauge wire. If condition persists, contact an electrician.
Extension cords wrapped in electrical tape or with loose ends
Cause: Wear and tear has taken its toll on the cord.
Solution: Cut off damaged sections of cords; replace loose or damaged male/female ends. Replace severely damaged cords.
Wobbly switches or outlet receptacles
Cause: Device is improperly mounted to the electrical box or the box itself has come loose from the stud.
Solution: Cut power at the breaker. Remove faceplate and tighten mounting screws. Occasionally, overly long screws will not fully seat. Reinstall device. Otherwise, tighten connection of box to framing.
Ceiling fans that slowly wobble
Cause: Fan is out of balance or may be installed on a box that’s not listed for supporting a fan.
Solution: Turn off power at the breaker. Wipe excess dirt and buildup from fan blades, if that doesn’t work install blade balancing clips. If that doesn’t remedy the problem remove fan from ceiling box, checking for loose, damaged or missing hardware. If necessary, replace box. Use a retrofit/old-work box rated for fan installation (note: These are not to be confused with old-work boxes or other electrical boxes not listed for fan installation. Specialized retrofit boxes rated for fans tend not to be common hardware-store or home-center items. Visit an electrical supply house or use a Web-based electrical supplier.
GFCI outlets that trip repeatedly
Cause: A ground fault or a worn-out GFCI outlet receptacle.
Solution: Move appliance or tool to another GFCI and test. If GFCI trips, appliance or tool is suspect. If GFCI does not trip, electrical problems are likely. Cut power and investigate for damaged wire insulation, a loose splice or a small length of exposed wire making contact with a metal electrical box. If you don’t find wiring or splice problems, the GFCI will need to be replaced.
If any of the conditions persist, contact an electrician like DASECO Electrical for professional assistance. We want you and your home and valuables to be safe