What Electrical Issues Should You Watch Out For?

March 12, 2018
electrical services

While all buildings can suffer from electrical failure in the right circumstances, the problem is especially likely in larger commercial and industrial buildings, which have more complex wiring systems. Therefore, it’s important for you to constantly be on the lookout for potential electrical problems that could turn into a safety hazard if you do not find and address them soon enough.

Here are a few of the most common electrical issues to watch for and how you can address them with or without the help of an electrician in Carlsbad, NM.

Loss of power

Unexpectedly losing power to your building can significantly impede your work, no matter what type of business you run. It might be impossible to get any work done at all.

The power loss might only affect one part of the building, or it could affect the entire facility. Your first step should be to check the fuses/circuit breaker, and flick the appropriate switches back into place. But if this doesn’t work or you have repeated outage issues, you should contact a professional electrician who can find the source of the problem and resolve it.

Appliance issues

In large factories and warehouses, businesses make heavy use of massive appliances that require some significant power levels. This heavy power usage has a correspondingly larger risk of electrical failure and fire hazard. Circuits for these appliances often break, which causes power to fail.

Therefore, it can be helpful to shut these machines down and contact a professional electrician who can figure out what it is about these appliances that is causing power to go down. This way, they can then resolve the issue and allow you to continue operating these appliances without damaging your electrical system.

Flickering lights

Flickering lights have a wide variety of causes in both commercial and residential settings. Often they are caused by a poor connection, but it could be something as simple as a bulb that isn’t screwed in tightly enough or is nearing the end of its life.

Check your bulbs first just to make sure it’s not one of those issues. But if you continue having problems with flickering lights, an electrician can determine the cause and resolve it. Over time, large-scale flickering and dimming of lights can reflect some serious electrical issues that could turn hazardous and pose a fire risk in your facility.

Breakers tripping

The most common reasons breakers trip are overloaded circuits, ground faults or short circuits somewhere within your building. If the problem does not get resolved as soon as possible, it could quickly become a fire hazard.

Hot fixtures

If you have any electrical fixtures or switches in your building that feel hot to the touch, you should get them checked out as soon as possible. Also, if you ever notice sparks when an appliance or machine gets plugged in, call an electrician immediately—in a best-case scenario, these sparks will melt wires. In a worst-case scenario, the problem could lead to devastating fires.
For more information, contact a professional electrician in Carlsbad, NM at JB Electric LLC.

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