The Ultimate Cheat Sheet On Wiring Problems

By February 2, 2017Uncategorized

Every time the wiring system of the home goes wrong, you find yourself physically handicapped not knowing what to do to fix the problem.  We end up calling the electrician and fix an appointment with him to fix the issue.  A lot of time and money is wasted in this process. So we thought why not acquaint you with the most common wire related problems and also help you in finding a solution to it.

1. Overlapping:

This phenomenon occurs when a light fixture has a bulb with a higher wattage than the fixture is designed for. The Danger level is high in this case becausethe bulb’s intense heat can melt the insulation and insulation on the fixture’s wires, which increases the risk of arcing — sparks that jump through the air from one wire to another — a chief cause of electrical fires. The damage to socket and wires remains even after the bulb has been removed.
Solution:
For all light fixtures made since 1985, it is advised to stay within the wattage limit listed on all light fixtures because of older, unmarked fixtures, use only 60-watt bulbs or smaller.

2.Uncovered Junction Box:

A junction box houses the splices where the wires are connected with each other, a person could damage the wires or get a shock. The danger level for this issue is low as long as the wires are not within reach.
Solution:
Buy a new cover and install it with screws provided.

3.Flickering of lights due to the wind:

During times of heavy wind blows, frayed wiring in the Weatherhead might cause a short circuit every time cable moves. The danger levels are high.
Solution:
The only option is to contact an electrician who can solve the issue.

4.Heavy Reliance on extension cords:

The limited living space in which we live have provided us with very less number of power outlets and have resulted in heavy reliance on extension cords. The danger level of excessive reliance on extension cords is limited as long as you use heavy- duty extension cords which are of 14- gauge thickness.
Solution: Adding more outlets is the solution by hiring an electrician.

5.No GFCI’s:

Lack ofGFCIs (ground-fault circuit interrupters), Implies increased electrical risks in wet and damp areas like baths and kitchens. GFCI shut down circuits in 4 milliseconds before current can cause a deadly shock. The danger of having no GFCIs is high.

Solution: Replace old receptacles with GFCIs. This is a simple job that many homeowners do themselves.

6.Over wired Panel:

When a panel contains more circuits than it’s rated to handle because too many single circuits have been replaced with two circuits in one slot.A label on each panel specifies how many circuits the panel can accommodate. The danger level is minimal however it might become a problem.
Solution:
Add a subpanel and then accommodate circuits.

Add a subpanel and then accommodate circuits.

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