If you have ever lost power during a storm, then you know how much your daily domestic life shuts down without electricity to power electronic gadgets such as computers, televisions, wifi routers, as well as essential equipment such as water heaters, stoves, and your air conditioner. We tend to take our electrical systems for granted, although we rely on them perhaps more than any other aspect of our homes. Like any other part of your home, however, your electrical system will not operate forever, without the assistance of a professional electrician. Whether you need rewiring or a new service panel, there comes a time when you need to call a North Seattle electrical expert at G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. Our North Seattle electricians can make sure that your home is comfortable and safe. We’ve compiled some electrical tips that we hope you find useful. Call us today to learn more about our services.
- Do not overload outlets. Your electrical outlets, also known as receptacles, have two or four plug receptacles for a reason. Overloading them with multiple power strips and various devices can lead to unsafe conditions. If you have a GCFI (Ground Circuit Fault Interrupter) or a circuit breaker, then you may constantly trip the circuit if the power load exceeds what’s available. But overloading outlets can also lead to fires and other dangerous situations, so make sure you have the right amount of power. Ask a North Seattle electrician for a service panel upgrade or extra receptacles if you find yourself needing them.
- Whole-house surge protection. Some “surge protection” devices are actually just power strips with very low protection ratings. While we tend to think of lightning as the principal cause of surges in the home, there are also various small surges that occur throughout the home every day. They occur when one appliance draws a lot of power suddenly, like a blender or your AC. Over time, these small surges that move throughout the home can damage sensitive electronics. A whole-house surge protection device protects everything in your home, whether it’s plugged-in or hard-wired.
- No DIY electrical antics. Leave your electrical system to a certified, professional North Seattle electrician! Attempting to fix the electrics in your home can be dangerous and may cause further damage.
Call G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. today for electrical services in North Seattle, WA.