Electrical Maintenance for Your Home

There are some things you should know about your Longwood home‘s electrical system, which consists of branch circuit wiring, switches, receptacles, and feeder connections between your meter cabinet main disconnect and circuit panel. Even though your house was wired by a Longwood electrician to all NEC spec codes and all of your devices, switches, receptacles, fixtures, appliances, panels, and main disconnect comply with the code and are UL approved, there is a difference between the quality and the method of the wiring.

Residential and commercial grade switches, receptacles, and breaker panels are very different. In fact, there is a huge disparity between the two. For the most part, with residential equipment, everything will work properly for an indefinite period of time. If you happen to notice some things, such as dimming or flickering of lights, or hot spots at your switches, receptacles, meter or main panel, then you have a problem. The flickering lights mean that your Longwood home has a bad connection somewhere. You need a trained Longwood electrician to look into such a connection issue. If your lights are dimming, it is very likely that you have a voltage drop either at the main feeder conductors branch circuit connections or at the circuit breaker.

For financial reasons, the method of wiring for receptacles only is the pass-thru, quick stab method. This means that when installed, the circuit is in series and the lead points are pushed into a pressure contact strip, which does not have a large contact surface. This little contact surface connection, rather than a parallel circuit, which has a lead that surrounds itself around a terminal screw, does not provide as much efficiency and effectiveness. The parallel circuit is much more secure and the electricity is not passing an entire load of the circuit on to one receptacle, but only the load of whatever the device directly linked in the circuit.

In a small percentage of Longwood homes, there is aluminum wiring problems, which is a mounting issue, but mainly important at the point of connections among switches, receptacles, main panel disconnects, and meter bases. These areas are the focal point for your Longwood electrician to contend with in order to eliminate wiring issues. Again, for financial reasons, many of the panels that are installed in homes have a combination of thin and thick breakers. This is mainly for space reasons and the 120-volt half-size breakers have less contact surface on the bus bar connection and can disperse heat less. The same is true of older, smaller panels, which are no longer used for exactly the same reason.

Any time that you have heat build up in your Longwood home, you can and will experience a voltage drop that will contribute to the degradation of the insulation on the conductors. If you leave a water hose in the sun for a long period of time, it will burst. That is exactly what can happen to the insulation of your home’s conductors.

The circuit breakers are designed to shut off when they experience an excess of heat and for the most part, they function properly. However, when there is a bad connection, the breakers simply overheat and burn the conductors, breakers, bus bars and meter lugs. In this case, you will also experience voltage drop, which will use more electricity throughout your Longwood home, mainly on your big-power appliances. When it comes to the motors on your refrigerator, air conditioning system, washer, dryer, water pump, and pool pump, a voltage drop can shorten the life of these appliances. Yet another reason to have a Master Longwood electrician assess your home wiring system and main circuit breaker panel as soon as possible.

There is a very small percentage of homes that still have knob and tube wiring, which simply need to be updated by a Longwood electrician. In these situations, there is no grounding conductor and the insulation is made of a cloth material, which degenerates with age and heat. If your home has an old, screwed-in fuse panel, remember to never put an oversized fuse; that is just asking for trouble.

Just remember, especially in an older home, you may experience problems, but there are plenty of solutions, many of which are inexpensive alternatives to what can happen if these issues go unchecked. This Master Longwood electrician would suggest that if you are experiencing any of these problems with your panels, receptacles, switches, breakers, or wiring; especially in an older home; call as soon as you can. Over time, many of the connections in your home can deteriorate. Factor in that some of the equipment was inferior grade to begin with and you need a Longwood electrician to come over today to ensure the efficiency of your home today!

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