Winter in Minnesota can wreak havoc on your electrical systems. But you can prepare your wiring and other components by hiring a Harrison Electric technician to come out and perform a complete inspection on your home as well as make the necessary upgrades. Below is shortlist of repairs and upgrades that we can make to ensure your home is weather-proof.
Some types of electrical wiring should no longer be used. There are several reasons for this, but it mainly comes down to two: efficiency and safety. If the wiring in the home is no longer efficient, then you may see an increase in your energy bill each month. If the wiring is no longer safe, then you could be looking a fire that will bring your building to the ground. The question, then, is what type of wiring are no longer safe for your home? To answer the question, let’s find out more below.
Since the electrical wiring in your home is (or should be) hidden behind drywall and insulation, it’s not always easy to tell if there is a weak component in the system that could cause a fire. So if you can’t see the problems, then how do you know they are there? Below are five ways you can tell if there is an electrical problem, and what you should do about it.
Electricity is an odd medium to work with, and you can trust experienced electricians have seen electricity do strange things at times. However, when contained to a professional coded system, electricity behaves as expected and, quite frankly, powers the nation. Outside of inventions and creative uses of electric power, there is a standardized, safe means of using electricity according to code, and such systems do require occasional maintenance, repairs, and upgrades in order to continue to function as a safe and useful aspect of your home.
Power failures are frustrating and difficult in ways people don't always understand. Being used to having a steady power source, you don't always think of the full effects of a power outage. If the power outage is short, it can be fun to have a cookout on a grill and a family dinner by candlelight. The TV doesn't work, so you might find a movie to watch on your computer, until you realize you don't have enough battery life and there is no way to recharge it. You want to call the power company to find out what is going on, but they put you on hold and again, there's no way to charge your phone battery. You might decide to go out to eat or even stay with friends, but you, your spouse, and your children need to bathe first and there's no hot water.
Your electrical system is an important component of your home. The current running through your system powers your lights and ensures your electronics work as they should. However, that current can also be a source of problems following a thunderstorm that damages your system.
Storm damage can cause headaches for homeowners in the form of electrical equipment damage. Not only does this type of damage leave you with no electricity, it can also be an unexpected financial burden. However, by following the below tips, you can have electricity restored to your home in a safe and secure manner.
Summer storms are bad enough for the damage they cause to your home and the inconvenience of having to make repairs. Winter storms can be worse as they can as much or more damage. When the power goes out in winter, it is scary and potentially dangerous if you aren't prepared to spend some time without power. Most of what you do while at home relies on power, whether hobbies to pass the time or heating the space and keeping yourself and your family comfortable.
You know how to do more than change a light bulb and are able to make some electrical repairs or upgrades yourself. Other repairs require using a licensed electrician. Consider a faulty switch, or non-functioning outlet, for example. It's not a difficult job to buy a new one from a hardware store and replace the old, but do you know what caused the failure in the first place? It may have been a one time power surge, but it may be a short in the wiring leading to the failure. A professional electrician can determine the cause and assure the safety of your family rather than fixing the symptom and hoping for the best.
You’ve probably seen it countless times: an electrical spark at the moment you plug in your hair dryer or blender. There are times when you can safely ignore that electric spark, but there are other times when that spark is a sign that something is wrong with your electrical system. At Harrison Electric, we’ve found that if you’ve experienced the following and you have an electrical spark, you should contact us as soon as possible to avoid an electrical fire.
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