Category: Electrical System

Everything You Should Know About Your Home Electrical System

everything you should know about your home electrical system

Every homeowner should know at least the basics about the electrical systems in their home. If something were to malfunction or cause problems, you should know what you might be dealing with and how you can fix it (or prevent it from happening in the future). To help you get started, the pros at Roman Electric have prepared a guide on everything you need to know about your home electrical system.

1. Understand the Importance of a GFCI

Most homes have ground fault circuit interrupters pre-installed. However, if you have an older home, you might have to install it yourself. GFCI outlets can prevent electrocution—essentially, if the GFCI senses electrical difference flowing into the current, it will immediately shut off the circuit. This is especially useful in places where appliances are exposed to water. A GFCI can protect human life so it is important that you them installed around your home. The National Electric code requires them installed in places like your bathroom, kitchen, basement and even outdoors.

2. Find Ways to Save Electricity

There are numerous simple steps you can take to save electricity and on your electric bill. Here are some ways you can easily save electricity in your home:

  • Reduce Energy Vampires

Energy vampires are devices or appliances that eat up electricity even when they are not being used. As long as they are plugged in, they are slowly increasing your electricity bill. Make sure that you unplug devices like your laptop charger, hair dryer, and coffee machine when they are not being used. If you’re going on vacation, consider unplugging other larger appliances as well.

  • Turn Off Unnecessary Lights

If you are not using a certain room in your home, make sure the lights and fan are on. During the day, make use of the sun!

  • Switch to LEDs

LED lights are significantly more efficient than incandescent bulbs. They use 75% less energy and last 25 times longer.

3. Know the Main Parts of Your Electrical System

Here is some home-electrical vocabulary you should know:

  • Electric Meter

The utility company’s lines extend to your home and are connected to your electric meter. Here you can measure the amount of electricity your home is using.

  • Main Service Panel

Electricity comes into your house from the main service panel and is essentially distributed to your electrical home appliances on hot wires. The current is then returned back to the utility on neutral wire which completes the circuit.

  • Disconnect Switch

Located on the exterior of your home next to the meter, the disconnect switch can shut off power from outside your home.

  • Main Circuit Breaker

The main circuit controls the power going to the branch circuit breakers, which control the power being distributed to your home appliances. Turning it off shuts off power to the branch circuit breakers and your home. If you don’t have a disconnect switch, the main breaker can be used to shut off power to your home.

Have any more questions about your home electrical system? Contact the pros at Roman Electric at 414-369-3798 or schedule a service online.

Why Does Electricity Have to Be Grounded?

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“Grounded electricity” is a bit of a difficult concept to grasp for many homeowners. Fortunately, the pros at Roman Electric are here to help answer all your questions about what grounded electricity means and how it works.

Difference Between “Grounding” and “Grounded”

While “grounded” and “grounding” sound the same, they have different meanings, specifically in the world of wiring and electricity. Before we get into the specifics, it’s important to know a bit about how electricity flows through your home. There are two wires that are needed to complete a circuit and the wiring in your home is no exception to this rule. Essentially, there are two wires you need to be aware of. The “hot” wire, which is black in color, carries the negative charge and the neutral or “grounded” wire, which is usually white or gray, carries the positive charge. These wires run side by side and do what they need to do to supply electricity into your home.

The wiring and electric system in your home is designed to discharge negative energy into the “ground” or basically the earth on which your house is standing. The “grounded” or neutral wires primarily have the job of returning the current to the ground. However, if there is a problem with these “grounded” wires (they have been chewed through, there is wood or a flammable material in its path), your electrical system has a backup plan. This is where the “grounding wires” come in—these backup wires run parallel to the hot and neutral wire, creating an alternative pathway for the electric current to follow just in case a fault, breakdown, short circuit or electrical fire occurs.

So, in short, the “grounded” wire is a neutral wire, connected to the earth, which helps supply electricity to your home. It is white or gray in color and is uninsulated. A “grounding” wire is part of a complex backup system underground. It provides an alternative pathway for the current, just in case there is an issue with the “grounded” wire.

How Do I Know if I Have Grounding Wires?

One way to tell if you have grounding wires is by looking at your outlets. If the outlet has a grounding connection, it has a round slot for the third prong of the plug—this slot is indicative of a system of grounding wires. While most homes have the complex system of grounding wires complete with circuit breakers, some older homes may not have this. If most of your outlets don’t have a third slot, chances are your home electrical system does not have a grounding connection.

Why Does My Home Need a Grounding Connection?

There is a simple answer to this question: Because it protects you and your appliances. Having a grounding connection prevents the likelihood of electrical fires and electrocution, which can be fatal for you and your family. Your power lines have a great deal of excess current and it’s best that there is a safe and separate pathway away from your home and its inhabitants.

Have More Questions about “Grounded” Electricity? Get in Touch with Roman Electric!

This was a bit of a complicated blog, so we understand if you still have questions about whether electricity needs to be grounded or not and how you can add a grounding connection. Contact us with your concerns and our experienced electricians will be more than happy to help you. Call us at 414-369-3798 or schedule a service online!

How to Read Your Electric Meter

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Your electric meter is a device that tells you exactly how much electricity your household is consuming. Like the mileage display on your car, your electric meter tells you how much power your home has used ever since the meter was set up. There are different types of meters, but they all measure electricity consumption in kilowatt-hours and display total power used. While homeowners know they have an electric meter, they don’t often know how to read it. So, in this guide, the pros at Roman Electric tell you exactly how to read your electric meter, in addition to answering other questions about electric meters!

Where is the Electricity Meter Located?

Before you check your meter, it’s important to know where it is located. Usually the electricity meter is installed where the power lines enter your building. They are usually placed at either the side or the rear of your home. In some apartments, different electric meters will be grouped together.

What is The Meter Number?

Every meter has a unique meter number, in order to identify your home’s power consumption and bill you for it. The meter number is usually located on the face of the meter, usually at the bottom. If you must submit a meter reading to your utility company, it is important to know what your meter number is.

How to Read Your Electric Meter

While it is not necessary to read your electric meter, it’s very easy to do so. This is helpful to know if you would like to keep a personal record of your meter readings. Follow this step-by-step guide to read your electricity meter, specifically if you have an analog meter, since those are a little difficult to read:

  • On your analog meter you will notice 6 dials. Be sure to read the dials left to right.
  • The first dial will be labelled “10,000” the second “1000” the third “100” the fourth “10” and the fifth “1 kWh Per Div.” which means kilowatt hour. The 6th dial reads 1/10, which indicates a decimal place. So, for example, if the first dial is pointing at 4, the second is pointing at 3, the third at 5, the fourth at 6, and the fifth at 8, your reading will be 43,568 kwh. If the 6th dial is pointing to 1, the reading will be 43,568.1 kwh.
  • Sometimes a dial hand will be located at a point between two numbers—in this scenario record the lower number. If the dial is between 4 and 5, record 4.
  • The next time you check your electric meter, the reading will obviously be higher, since you will have consumed more electricity. If you want to check how much electricity you consumed during a certain period, you will have to find the difference between the last and current reading.

More Questions About Your Electric Meter? Contact the pros at Roman Electric!

If you have more questions about how you can read your electric meter, get in touch with Roman Electric! Call us today at 414-369-3798 or schedule an appointment online!

Does Your Home Need Rewiring?

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According to a study by the National Fire Protection Association, local fire departments responded to an average of over 44,000 home fires involving electrical malfunction between 2012 and 2016. Electrical fires have resulted in civilian deaths, injuries and billions of dollars’ worth of damage. Issues with electrical panels or wiring around the home, can cause these types of fires. If your home is older, chances are you might have some worn-out, frayed wiring which can potentially be dangerous. If you’re not sure whether your home needs rewiring or not, don’t worry! The pros at Roman Electric will help you figure it out!

1. Does Your Circuit Breaker Trip Often?

The circuit breaker is a great component of your home’s electrical system. It is essentially a safety component, which can prevent potential electrical fires. Whenever electrical wiring has an excess of current flowing through it, the circuit breaker detects it and trips—which means it basically cuts the power. If your circuit breaker has a tendency to trip often though, you might be dealing with a greater problem. Your circuit breaker could be tripping because of the overheating of an electrical appliance, or a short circuit which is the result of improper wiring. Contact your local electricians to learn the source of this problem—it might be because your home needs rewiring!

2. Charred Outlets

If you notice several discolored or charred outlets around your home, you might be looking at the visible effects of a short circuit. Short circuit occurs when a hot wire touches another hot wire or another neutral wire. This creates more heat than the circuit can handle, causing it to shut off. As we mentioned above, short circuits and charred outlets can be the result of loose wiring, causing electrical arcing, which results in a quick spark.

3. Older Wiring

If your home is older, chances are you have old, frayed wiring. You might also have aluminum wiring if your home was built between 1965-1973. It is estimated that 2 million homes built in this time frame have aluminum wiring. This kind of wiring increases the likelihood of electrical fires and other safety concerns. Get in touch with your local electricians to discuss rewiring your home with a safer material!

Benefits of Rewiring Your Home

There are several benefits of rewiring your home:

  • Increased safety

You don’t have to worry about your circuit breaker tripping often or your outlets sparking suddenly. Rewiring your home and replacing any old, frayed wires decreases the chances of electrical fires.

  • Save Money

Believe or not, rewiring your home can save money in the long-run! Replacing faulty wiring with newer wiring can increase overall efficiency.

  • Increase Home Sale Value

By rewiring your home, you can increase your home sale value. Potential buyers could be put off by any issues with the wiring or electrical systems.

Rewire Your Home with Roman Electric

If you are looking for qualified and knowledgeable electricians to rewire your home, look no further than Roman Electric! Call us today at 414-369-3798 or schedule a service online!

 

 

Do Your Circuits Need Upgrading?

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Do your circuits need upgrading? Does your home electrical system need a few updates? Find out from the pros at Roman Electric! It is best to upgrade your circuits sooner than later, as putting it off can cause more issues.

Why Should You Update Your Circuits?  

Before you figure out how you can tell if your circuits need to be upgraded, it is important to know why they should be upgraded. The most important reason is that updating your circuits is a safety issue. If you live in an older home, it is important to know that most old homes were designed to handle 30 to 60 amps with fewer circuits. A circuit is often operated by a single fuse or circuit breaker, which protects the wires originating from the electrical panel from catching on fire. However, some older circuit breakers might not trip or turn off, increasing the likelihood of overheating and electrical fires. Circuit breakers also won’t trip if there is a loose connection in the wire or circuit. To prevent any safety issues and electrical problems, there is no harm in checking to see if your electrical system needs to be updated.

Ways to Update Your Electrical System

You will need to hire a reliable electrician to upgrade your circuits or electrical systems. It can be potentially hazardous to update your electrical system on your own. Below are the most common ways your circuits, breaker box or electrical panel will be upgraded:

  • Upgrade your electrical panel in order to bring more power into your home.
  • Replace the circuit breaker box so it can handle more amps of electrical current.
  • Replace the circuits that are loose, frayed, damaged or not in use.
  • Add any additional circuits to power different rooms, devices or appliances.

How to Tell If Your Circuits Need Upgrading

Here are some ways you can tell if your circuits need upgrading:

  • Lights Dim or Flicker

If you turn on a major electrical appliance in your home such as the washing machine or air conditioner and your lights dim or flicker, you might need to upgrade your circuits. This can often happen because of loose, faulty or old wiring. Flickering once in a blue moon is fine, but if this happens consistently after you turn on a large appliance, you might need your electrical system inspected.

  • Circuit Breaker Trips

If your circuit breaker trips often, meaning it shuts off electrical power when it notices the circuit being overloaded, it might need to be replaced. Try resetting it on your own first—if it continues to trip after this, your home might need a larger supply of power on a single circuit. Get in touch with an electrician to discuss replacing your circuit breaker or adding any more circuits.

  • Excessive Use of Extension Cords

If you find yourself using many extension cords, in order to power additional appliances, you might need to update your circuits or electrical system. Using power strips to create additional outlets is a sign that you need more power for your home.

Upgrade Your Circuits with Roman Electric

If you want to learn more about how you can upgrade your circuits or electric system, get in touch with Roman Electric. Call us today at 414-369-3798 or schedule an appointment with us online!

 

What Type of Outlet Should I Buy?

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Are you in the market for new types of outlets? If so, you should make yourself aware of all the options available to you. Not only are there different levels of quality, but there are also special features you can select for your outlets that suit your home and your family’s needs.

What Grade of Outlet Should I Buy?

‘Grade’ is essentially another word for ‘quality’ when it comes to outlets.  There are three grades you can choose from.

  • Homeowner Grade

Homeowner grade outlets are the cheapest option on the market. And although these outlets can handle most electrical demands, they only last five to ten years. Therefore, homeowner grade outlets are best placed in areas where there will not be a large electrical demand.

  • Commercial Grade

Commercial grade outlets differ from homeowner grade outlets in quality. They are an investment, costing as much as 50% more than homeowner grade outlets, but they last up to 100 years. These types of outlets are best placed where an appliance or computer will constantly be plugged in.

  • Hospital Grade

Hospital grade outlets are aptly named as they are only truly needed in hospitals. Hospital grade outlets are designed to power life-saving medical equipment indefinitely.

Types of Outlets

Beyond the different grades of outlets, there are plenty of special features you can choose from when selecting an outlet.

  • 15-Amp Duplex Receptacle

A 15-amp duplex receptacle is the most common outlet found in American homes. These outlets have a long slot and a shorter slot, and a half-round hole for grounding.

  • Combination Outlet

A combination outlet has two features in one outlet. The most common combination outlets have light switches and one receptacle.

  • GFCI Outlets

Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) outlets are typically placed in areas where moisture is present, like kitchens and bathrooms. GFCI outlets can trip independently if a short is detected. As a result, this capability can protect your family from electric shock.

  • AFCI Outlets

Arc Fault Circuit Interrupter (AFCI) outlets are advantageous because they can interrupt power when arcing happens. Arcing happens when an electric current travels on air – a serious fire hazard. AFCI outlets can prevent your outlet from becoming the ignition site of a fire.

  • Tamper-Resistant Receptacle

Tamper-resistant receptacles are now required by electric code for use in renovation and new construction. Tamper-resistant receptacles protect children from electric shock by blocking the insertion of small objects.

  • Weather-Resistant Receptacle

Weather-resistant receptacles are also required by the electric code to be placed in wet locations like patios, pool areas, and other outdoor locations. These outlets have plastic covers making them resistant to corrosion.

  • Rotating Outlet

Rotating outlets can be positioned to accommodate bulky plugs for appliances like cell phone chargers, hairdryers, and nightlights.

  • USB Outlets

USB outlets typically have two receptacles and two USB outlets. They are extremely convenient for charging cell phones, headphones, and more.

  • Smart Outlets

Smart outlets are a new innovation that enable you to integrate different devices into your smart home network.

 

Need more tips on what outlet you should buy? Call today!

If you need advice on your electricity, or tips on how to install or repair an outlet, call the professionals at Roman Electric!

When to Get an Electrical Safety Inspection

 When to Get an Electrical Safety Inspection - Roman Electric

When was the last time you scheduled an electrical safety inspection from a qualified electrician?

If it’s been more than a year, spring is the perfect time to have your electrical system checked out by a licensed professional. As a supporter of National Electrical Safety Month, an annual electrical safety awareness campaign in May sponsored by the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI), Roman Electric is sharing important electrical safety inspection information.

Use the month of May to evaluate your electrical system for potential safety hazards. This year’s theme is: Electrical Safety During Natural Disasters.

When should you schedule an electrical safety inspection?

Here are the signs that you should schedule an electrical safety inspection:

  • Before you buy or sell a home.
  • It’s been over a year since a licensed electrician inspected your home.
  • You are experiencing regularly occurring power surges, flickering/dimming lights, or tripped circuits.
  • Your home is 40 years or older.
  • You are adding a room or making a major renovation.
  • You are adding a major appliance such as a central HVAC system or washer/dryer.
  • There is a strange burning/sulfuric smell near electrical components.
  • You do not have enough outlets/power in your home to accommodate your electrical needs.
  • There are outlets or switches that are warm or hot to the touch.
  • You hear buzzing, humming, or other strange sounds coming from electrical system.

If you are experiencing frequently tripping breakers — cutting off power to one or more sections of your home — contact a professional electrician right away. There may be a dangerous electrical problem in your home. The same applies for any strange sights, sounds, or smells coming from electrical components.

Don’t forget to schedule a whole-house electrical inspection before you buy a house or start a major renovation project. A licensed and trained electrician will be able to tell you if there are any electrical problems to be aware of.

Roman Electric recommends scheduling a professional electrical safety inspection every year to uncover potential problems, increase energy efficiency, and make sure everything is code compliant.

What’s included in an electrical safety inspection?

An in-depth electrical safety inspection will include:

  • Electric meter
  • Electrical wires
  • Electrical panels and boxes
  • Circuit breakers and fuses
  • Contactors and relays
  • GFCI and AFCI protection
  • Indoor and outdoor lighting
  • Outlets and switches

In addition to rooting out electrical issues before they turn into major safety hazards, a professional electrician will make sure the home is up to National Electrical Code standards.

DIY Electrical Safety Inspection

There are a few monthly electrical maintenance tasks you can do to ensure a safe and efficient electrical system:

Make sure you aren’t using extension cords as a permanent solution. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions exactly. Learn more extension cord safety tips.

Stop using these switches and outlets and contact a qualified electrician right away if you notice any of the following:

  • Outlets or switches are warm to the touch.
  • Outlets or switches are discolored.
  • Plugs don’t fit snugly into outlets.
  • Outlets or switches make a crackling, buzzing, or sizzling sound.

Learn more electrical system safety tips.

Schedule a Comprehensive Electrical Safety Checkup from Roman Electric

Your electrical system is designed to last a long time, but it’s not always prepared to handle new, sensitive electronics and increased amounts of energy.

Roman Electric will send out an experienced technician to look over your home’s electrical system and make sure everything is running as it should. We will repair small issues on the spot and provide a list of recommendations, such as waterproofing for wet locations.

We will also inspect your home for working home safety devices, including:

  • Arc Fault Circuit Interrupters
  • Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters
  • Tamper Resistance Receptacles
  • Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms

Schedule an appointment with Roman Electric today for your annual electrical safety inspection.

We understand that electrical emergencies are never convenient. That’s why we have a live call center open 24 hours a day to help with all of your urgent electrical needs: 414-369-3798.

How to Prevent Electrical Overloads

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It’s nearly impossible to enjoy a modern living situation at home without using copious amounts of electricity. Nearly everything we use requires it, so it’s no surprise that we run into electrical problems in what seems like entirely too often. While most of the time these surges aren’t a problem, all it takes is one unexpected jolt to fry your delicate electronics for good.

That’s why it’s important to know how to prevent electrical overloads. If you’re an informed homeowner, you can ensure your circuits never experience this dangerous problem and stay safe and sound. All it takes is some careful adjustments – and perhaps a bit of math sprinkled in – and you’ll be on your way!

To help guide you along, the electrical experts at Roman Electric have compiled a simple list of three ways you can help prevent electrical overloads at home. Don’t worry: they’re safe, easy, and super quick to perform!

What Is an Electrical Overload?

Electrical overloads happen when the amount of power that a circuit is exposed to is greater than the load it can bear. In more conversational terms, imagine trying to carry more groceries to your door than you can pick up. Eventually, those bags are going to break and a problem goes from inconvenient to disastrous.

Thankfully, most circuits involve tripping a breaker when the power load gets too much to bear, so your system has built-in safeguards to prevent really bad problems from occurring.

How Do I Stop Them?

The easy answer to preventing electrical overloads is to simply manage the amount of current that each circuit is responsible for. That’s easier said than done, however. Finding out how much each circuit can carry requires a bit of math.

There should be a number on each circuit that lets you know how much it can hold, and you should aim to take up less than 80 percent of that number. Any higher, and the breaker should trip.

Math Time!

To do that, you’ll need to first see which appliances are plugged in to each circuit. The amperage on all devices should be printed somewhere on them, so you’ll need to do some quick addition to determine how much power is devoted to each circuit.

Once you’ve done that, just compare the total to the amount that each circuit can hold. If it’s too high, then move some plugs around so the levels balance out.

General Tips

In addition to redistributing your plugs, there are a few other ways you can maximize your home’s electrical capabilities.

  • Never overload power strips. They’re not meant to be the central point of contact for a ton of devices, and they can’t handle a ridiculous amount of power.
  • If you need more space, consider installing more outlets. You’ll even out the electrical load and not put as many outlets under such stress.
  • Don’t plug any bigger, central appliances into extension cords – always into the wall. They need to be hooked up directly to the source.

Double-checking your home’s electrical load-bearing ability doesn’t need to be an ordeal. It only requires a bit of re-arranging (and maybe a calculator), but you’ll be safe and sound in no time. Of course, Roman Electric can take care of all the dirty work for you! We can evaluate your home’s condition and determine the best course of action, which includes devising a solution that is created specifically for you.

To learn more about what we can do for you, give us a call at 414-369-3798!

Troubleshooting a Power Outage

During a power outage, the last thing you want to do is panic. It’s always important to first troubleshoot the situation, as you want to find the exact cause and an estimated time until power is restored. Power outages can happen due to a variety of different situations. While some could just be from a simple utility provider error, others can be the result of an electrical storm or natural disaster. Therefore, troubleshooting a power outage can assist you in terms of planning, preparation, and most importantly, safety.

Roman Electric has assembled a guide detailing some troubleshooting steps during a power outage. Keep this on hand in case your Milwaukee home ever loses power.

Check Your Circuit Breakers

Sometimes, a power outage may just be a tripped circuit breaker. If you’ve suddenly lost power, first check other rooms of your home to see if they’re still receiving electricity. If so, then check your electrical panel for any tripped circuit breakers. You can easily tell when a circuit breaker is tripped when the breaker has shifted to the left and a labeling displaying “off” is shown.

Check Weather Conditions

If all circuit breakers seem to be in the “on” position, your next step is to check the weather. If you’re currently experiencing a lightning storm or heavy rain, then you may have found the culprit of the power outages. Severe, stormy weather can almost always result in a loss of power, be it for a few seconds or even a few days.

If upon checking the weather you’ve found that you’re currently experiencing a natural disaster, such as a flash flood or tornado, contact emergency authorities (911) immediately and click here for information from the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency).

Contact Utility Provider

Although you might already have a strong feeling the weather is the culprit of your power outage, you still want to be sure by contacting your utility provider. Sometimes power outages can be the result of a power grid failure or downed power line, which is information your utility provider is usually able to share. Additionally, if your utility provider can diagnose the cause, then you should receive an estimated time until your power comes back on.

Check if Neighbors are Also Experiencing a Power Outage

Depending on the cause and severity of the power outage, your neighbor’s homes may also be affected. See if any other nearby homes are experiencing a power outage. If you notice that all their lights are off and people are standing outside, this could indicate a situation such as a power grid failure.

If at any point you feel you’ve exhausted all your options for troubleshooting a power outage, don’t give up just yet! Roman Electric is also available as a resource during a power outage. Our troubleshooting services allow one of our skilled technicians to examine and diagnose the situation with a power outage, helping to put you on track toward reclaiming your electricity. If you would like to speak with Milwaukee’s leading electrical experts, contact us at 414-369-3798 to get started.

5 Ways to Prevent Short Circuits

Short circuits are a major type of electrical accident that can cause serious damage to your electrical system. They occur when a low-resistance path not suited to carry electricity receives a high-volume electrical current. In simpler terms, short circuits happen when hot wire touches a conductive object it’s not supposed to.

The result of a short circuit can be appliance damage, electrical shock, or even a fire. And if you’re not taking any preventative measures against short circuits, you’re only increasing the risk of these situations happening. Roman Electric advises every Milwaukee homeowner to practice ways to prevent short circuits, and we have listed 5 of these steps below.

1. Check Outlets Before Use

Behind every outlet is a box with attached wires. And some of the major causes of a short circuit are faulty wiring, loose box connections, and an aging outlet. Although diagnosing these issues can be difficult, considering they’re hidden behind your walls, you can still help prevent short circuits by examining your outlets before each use. There are certain signs that indicate your outlet may be at risk of a short circuit:

  • Outlet has burn marks or burning smell.
  • Buzzing or popping sound coming from outlet.
  • Sparks emitting from outlet.
  • Outlet is over 15-25 years old.

If any of these signs apply, refrain from using the outlet and contact Roman Electric immediately.

2. Check Appliances Before Use

Just like outlets, you’ll want to check your appliances before plugging them in as well. Short circuits can also be caused by faulty wiring or circuitry from the appliance itself. Before every use, check appliances for these signs:

  • Damaged cords, casing, or wire.
  • Several cracks in the appliance.
  • Appliance has exposed circuitry.

If any of these signs apply, we recommend either disposing of or having a professional repair your appliance.

3. Reduce Electrical Usage During Storms

One of the most dangerous ways a short circuit can happen is by a lightning strike, as the overwhelming amount of electricity can lead to some serious damage. We recommend reducing your electrical usage during a lighting storm to only the necessities. Not only will this help prevent short circuits from happening during a storm – this also helps lessen the damage if a power surge occurs.

4. Perform Basic Circuit Breaker Maintenance

Your electrical system does have protection against short circuits – which are its circuit breakers. These components located in your electrical panel shut off when electrical currents are deemed unstable, with each of them being tied to a different circuit. We recommend you practice some basic circuit breaker maintenance to help ensure their function. We have provided a few tips below:

  • Check each circuit breaker for any damages, cracks, or loose fittings.
  • Know what circuit each breaker controls. We recommend using a circuit breaker finder. More info can be found here.
  • Clean any dirt stains or spots located on the breaker and panel (only use a dry cloth for this).

If you would like to better maintain your circuit breakers using professional services, contact Roman Electric for our circuit breaker services.

5. Schedule an Electrical Inspection at Least Once a Year

Much like a doctor’s appointment, electrical inspections should be done at least once a year. This allows an electrical professional such as Roman Electric to fully examine your electrical system. From there, we can pinpoint and prevent short circuits from occurring, as well as provide cost-effective solutions to resolve any other issue we find. Electrical inspections help better maintain your wiring, outlets, and every other part of your electrical system. Schedule one today!

Do what’s best for your electrical system by practicing these ways to prevent short circuits. And contact Roman Electric for our circuit breaker and electrical inspection services. Give us a call at 414-369-3798 to speak with Milwaukee’s leading electrical experts.