Not knowing how to change a light bulb is a minor problem that you must deal with when it comes to the electrical systems in your home. The problems you may have to deal with include changing fixtures, turning breakers on or off, and testing outlets. Here are some of the common electrical problems that anyone should be able to deal with on their own:
1. Troubleshooting Problems with Dead Breakers and Isolated Power Outages
When the power goes out, this often is at the breaker box. The breakers are meant to handle certain loads and when there is a power surge, a breaker will trip (turn to the off position). This may be the main breaker during a lightning storm, which will switch off when lightening causes surges on the main power lines. In other cases, the problem may be only related to a certain area of your electrical system, such as when you have too many plugs in a single outlet or when there is a short somewhere in a certain area of your home. To isolate and locate the problem; turn all the breakers off and turn them on, one at a time to find the one that is causing the breakers to trip.
2. Changing Light Fixtures and Outlets That Have Shorted and Do Not Work Anymore
The fixtures in your home will not last forever, and eventually, you may need to replace them. Replacing a light fixture is an easy task when you know how they are wired. The light fixtures may have neutral, ground, negative, and positive wires. When you replace a fixture, make sure that the wires are connected correctly. Changing a bad outlet is a little easier, because usually only three wires are needed. For the more complicated wiring, contact an electrical contractor to help you with the repairs.
3. Testing Voltage of Outlets and Wiring to Troubleshoot Electrical Shorts and Other Problems
Testing voltage is something that you will need to do for many of the electrical repairs needed around your home. When you are doing repairs, you will at the least need to check wires to make sure that they are not hot to avoid electric shock. A simple electric tester is fine for doing common household repairs. For more complicated electrical repairs, a voltage meter can be used to give you more detailed information about electrical circuits to troubleshoot problems and do the needed repairs.
When you have a problem with the electrical systems in your home, it may be something small that you can solve on your own. If the problem is something you are not sure about, contact an electrician like Shocking Difference LLC to help with the repairs and services like the installation of electric generators to backup power.