Signs which show your home needs electrical maintainence

Everyone likes to and should always feel safe in their home, with many of the possible dangers that could occur being very obvious as they can be seen, but electricity is invisible and silent. Ensuring your home electrics is well maintained and safe is vital, so call your friendly local electrician on the Gold Coast if there is any doubt about your home electrics or if you haven’t had them checked within a few years. Your family and property safety requires regular maintenance of your whole electrical system and in older homes a system update may be necessary to ensure you’re compliant with local and government regulations.

It’s important for everyone’s safety to regularly look for signs of possible electrical problems. The following are signs that show your home needs electrical maintenance from your local electrician on the Gold Coast:

Smells and or Sparks at Power Outlets

If you detect a strange or funny smell in your home like burnt plastic, you need to check all your electrical fittings and outlets including the lights. If any part of the electrical fitting is discoloured or distorted it’s a sign they have over heated and they need to be checked by a qualified electrician on the Gold Coast.

When you turn on some outlets you may see sparks or they might feel warm or hot when you touch them after they have operated for a while. These are sure signs that you need to have them properly checked.

Buzzing Sounds

Apart from the sound of the moving parts like fans or motors in your electrical appliances, your electrical system should be completely silent. Some light switches give a slight click when operated, this is normal unless they start doing this when they get older.

Tingling Sensations

You should never feel any type of tingling sensation from your electric wires switcher or other fittings. Some appliances such as refrigerators and air conditioners give a noticeable vibration when working, but never a tingling sensation if working correctly.

If you feel any sensation from your electrical system have it checked straight away by your local electrician on the Gold Coast.

Flickering Lights

If any of your lights flicker, it’s a sign that that circuit is overloaded or not working correctly. It’s important to check the connections and find the reason for the lights to flicker. Another telltale sign of a problem is if your lights become dimmer, both these signs require that your home electrics are checked properly.

Frequent Flipping Out Circuit Breakers or Safety Switches

Circuit breakers are there to protect your equipment such as appliances and fittings. Safety switches are there preventing the possibility of electrical shock. If either of these flip out you need to discover the reason and rectify the problem, usually it requires the help of your friendly local electrician on the Gold Coast who will quickly and cost effectively rectify the problem keeping your family and property safe.

Whenever you notice an unusual smell of burnt plastic, feel any sensation from any electrical outlets or fittings, the light flicker or grow dimmer, it’s time to call your friendly local electrician on the Gold Coast to have your  electrical system checked as these are possible signs that your electrical system is dangerous.

Top Reasons why we need Safety switches in homes

Your home is a place you should feel completely safe from the environment and the perils of the world. Having safety switches installed on all your electrical circuitry by your friendly local electrician on the Gold Coast is a vital step in protecting your family’s lives. Most homes now have circuit breakers that are designed to protect property and appliances, but don’t help to save lives. They work or are triggered by surges in the power that can be caused by lightning strikes and fluctuations around the electrical grid.

Your safety switches monitor the electrical flow through your home’s circuitry and when it detects a power leak, it’s triggered with a goal of protecting life by preventing electrocution.

By law, you need to have safety switches installed on your primary circuit

All new homes now have a safety switch fitted to their power circuit and circuit breakers on the other circuits. Many people think they are therefore protected as they don’t understand the very real differences between safety switches and circuit breakers. The Queensland government is now advising all property owners to have safety switches installed on all their power circuits to ensure your family is properly protected.

Often electrical sub-circuits such as air conditioners, wired in wall ovens, stoves, pool pumps and lighting, hot water systems, ceiling fans, security cameras and general lighting have no personal anti electric shock protection.

Safety Switches and Circuit Breakers

If you have any doubt about whether your home electrical circuits are adequately protected, talk with your friendly local electrician on the Gold Coast. They will quickly advise you and give you a quote on installing the right type of safety switches as all circuits must have both circuit breakers and safety switches as a total line of defense for your family. This will ensure the protection of your family’s lives, equipment and property in your home.

Test your Safety Switches

Home owners can test their safety switches as the safety switches are provided with a test button so you can very quickly test that they are working properly.

Test a safety switch, with your lights and appliances turned on, press the test button and see which circuits are turned off. If there is no change and no circuits are turned off or some of your circuits don’t get turned off when testing, you are not protected, so need to talk with your friendly local Gold Coast electrician and have them check your safety switches and circuits.

If your safety switches keep tripping off, it’s a sign that one or more of your circuits or appliances are malfunctioning or damaged. It’s important that the cause is discovered, so unplug the different appliances and try the circuit again until you discover the cause or have your electrician check it for you. This is for your family’s safety and your peace of mind.

Safety switches should not be confused with circuit breakers, they are both similar as they are to protect from power failures, but safety switches protect lives, while circuit breakers protect equipment and property. Your friendly local electrician on the Gold Coast will be able to help and advice you about having the proper safety switches installed on all your circuits.