Common Problems Of Home Appliances

Do you know that 60% of the fire incidents that happen in the United States are all because of household electrics? Remember that safety should come first when it comes to household electrics. Flickering lights, power resistors, high bills, and malfunctioning appliances can all be an indicator of electrical problems on your home circuit.

Below are the common issues among home appliances that you should be aware:

  • Frequent electrical surges

Electrical surges may happen when a lightning strikes, power lines are down, faulty appliances and improper electrical wiring in the house. Although power surges can occur in microseconds, it can still potentially damage any electrical components at home. The life expectancy of your home appliances will not last.

Hence, if you are experiencing electrical surges more frequently, you better check your electrical device as it may be connected to the home grid or it has a problem on the wiring system. You may remove and check the power boards. Otherwise, get professional help from an electrician to avoid severe damage and possible disaster.

  • Power Sags and dips

When sags and dips happen, it will draw vast power to your devices when turned-on. It would be better if your power resistor is functioning to control the flow of current. This incident can be attributed when appliances are in connection to the power grid that is already faulty or made with substandard materials.

  • Faulty light switches

When you notice that your dimmer switches do not adjust the light properly, then it can be attributed to the low quality of wiring installation. Nonetheless, you probably or your electrician is using substandard materials.

If you notice that switches don’t seem to function well, it only means that the switches are already old and needs replacement. Hence, there may also be a faulty outlet, circuit, or wiring. Sometime you will observe that an electrical spark happens when you take on the switch. You better fix it, or otherwise, you can cause fire and disaster.

  • Frequent circuit breaker tripping

The design and purpose of circuit breakers are for your protection and your home. Your high wattage appliances mike microwaves will usually trip circuit breakers. Often when you use other high-power consuming items in the same source, tripping happens typically. When your circuit breaker trips, it is an indicator that it is functioning well.

However, when you notice that your circuit breaker trips, look at what item do you use when the trip happens. Try using the thing in a low setting.

  • Circuit overload

When overload happens, the circuit breaker goes tripping. New and small homes do not have enough power points to support full set up of home entertainment.

You can avoid this by;

  • Do not chain the power boards
  • Remove the sockets of devices when not in use
  • Spread your electrical needs and do overburden a single circuit
  • Electrical shocks

Electrical shocks happen you turn a device on and off. It can happen in appliances or in the wiring itself. You can test if an electrical shock is present by plugging another appliance and if shock happens. To resolve, you better call an electrical professional to be sure of appropriate actions.

By Sam

Sam Lowy is a writer, actor, comedian, musician, and everything in between. A true jack of all trades, Sam is constantly striving to learn and grow. Whether it's for a festival or just a once-in-a-lifetime club show, Sam loves to travel across the country to catch the best artists around. When he's at home in Tempe, AZ, Sam enjoys reading, playing guitar, and watching Frasier, Seinfeld, and Curb Your Enthusiasm.