The Basics of a Home Electrical System
Electricity is everywhere in a home. Indeed, modern life probably isn’t even possible without it at this point. With ever-increasing reliance on smart devices and climate control systems, every home is constantly powering a homeowner’s life. This means that a homeowner must have some working knowledge of their home’s electrical system.
But how can they get started when electrical systems are so complex? Luckily, local electricians are here to help. This short guide is a back-to-school assignment to help homeowners better understand their home’s electrical system.
Electrical System Parts
At first glance, an electrical system seems intimidatingly complex. Upon closer examination, it is quite simple. It helps to think of an electrical system as a series of dams that allow smaller and smaller amounts of water to flow through them. It starts at the electric meter where a home receives power from the city. The electric meter is usually a big, gray device on the rear of a home. Most are digital, while some are analog. This device tracks usage so the city can properly bill customers for electrical usage.
From the electric meter, power flows through a disconnect switch that allows electricians to safely work on electrical components in the house. From there, power passes to a breaker panel, where it is distributed into many smaller streams around the home. Breaker panels house breakers that keep a home safe by regulating electrical flow. From the breakers, power runs through circuits to serve the electrical outlets and switches throughout the home.
Common Signs of Electrical Problems
Electrical problems are no small matter. Apart from the inconvenience of dealing with a loss of power to appliances or devices, electrical problems can often be dangerous. Some of the common signs that electrical problems are present are:
- Loss of power to rooms or groups of lighting
- Burning smells
- Sparking outlets
- Frequent tripping of breakers
- Damage to sensitive devices
Instead of risking electrocution or fire, call a professional immediately if any of these signs are noticed. They can quickly narrow down the cause of the problem and restore power safely to the home.
Electrical Safety Tips
DIY projects around the home are more popular than ever. However, DIY electrical work is never worth the risk of getting electrocuted or starting a fire. Apart from not having the knowledge and training of an expert, a homeowner is unfamiliar with the inner workings of their home’s electrical system. Instead of taking chances doing their work, they should always hire a professional.
To prevent the likelihood that a professional will need to be called, homeowners should practice tips like:
- Never overloading circuits
- Use power strips with overcurrent protection to protect sensitive electronics
- Upgrade equipment like breaker panels and wiring to stay current with codes
- Don’t run cords under rugs or carpets
- Don’t use extension cords for permanent use
- Always check wattage tolerance for light bulbs
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