Electrical overloads can be a serious issue for your electrical system. They are the result of an overloaded circuit. Essentially, when too many appliances or power-hungry items are connected to a single circuit, it can no longer handle the distribution of power. This creates an electrical overload, which is a known cause of overheated outlets, electrical shock, and even electrical fires. In short, electrical overloads should be avoided at all costs. But how do you prevent them?
Salt Light & Electric is here with the answers. Follow our guide below and prevent dangerous overloads.
Practice Proper Extension Cord and Power Strip Usage
Extension cords and power strips are a known cause of electrical overloads. Acting as artificial outlets, these tools, while convenient, should never be used as a permanent solution. They do not increase the capacity of a circuit, only allowing more appliances to be plugged-in. This is a major cause of an electrical overload, as more power can be drawn from a circuit. Be sure to practice these steps when using extension cords and power strips:
- Avoid connecting multiple extension cords/power strips together.
- Do not plug any major appliances into an extension cord/power strip.
- Do not rely on extension cords/power strips as a permanent outlet.
If you find yourself overly relying on extension cords or power strips, you may require new outlets to be installed. Contact Salt Light & Electric for quality and affordable outlet services.
Keep Track of Where Each Circuit is in Your Home
Your home’s electrical system is comprised of many different circuits, each of which has a corresponding circuit breaker located in your electrical panel. By knowing where each circuit is in your home, you can help avoid electrical overloads.
Identifying each circuit in your home can be done several different ways. The first idea that may come to mind is simply turning off each circuit breaker and seeing which outlets have disconnected. However, this is not recommended, as this can harm your circuit breakers over time.
The best way to go about identifying the appropriate breaker is using a circuit breaker finder. This device utilizes a transmitter and receiver to locate which circuit an outlet belongs to. More information about using a circuit breaker finder can be found here.
You can also contact Salt Light & Electric to have an electrical professional examine your electrical system and help determine the location of each circuit.
Accommodate Appliance’s Power Usage
Preventing an electrical overload also involves knowing the voltage requirement of each of your appliances. Some appliances require more than others and shouldn’t be connected on a circuit with others of the same capacity. Some appliances are so powerful, they actually require their own circuit! It is important to know the voltage requirement of each appliance or device you use.
Additionally, you should try to unplug appliances that are not currently in use. Although this might seem extreme, even though an electronic device has been turned off it will still draw power – however slight. While it may not be practical to unplug your washer or fridge, it is recommended to unplug hair dryers, clothes irons, and other small appliances when not in use.
Help protect your home from electrical overloads by following our guide. And contact Salt Light & Electric when your Central Texas home requires new outlets or an electrical inspection. Give us a call at (512) 956-7842 to schedule an appointment today!