Do you have to walk the tightrope every time you turn your appliances on? You can’t turn the kettle on when the microwave is going or have the dishwasher and washing machine running at the same time without causing a breaker to trip. Good news is that your circuit breakers are working and saving you from a possible fire but resetting those breakers in the middle of the night is a major annoyance. Below are some tips to avoiding overloading your circuits at home.
- Check Appliances
A faulty appliance is one of the major reasons for circuits to overload. It could be a wiring or grounding issue within the appliance causing your breakers to trip. Updating old appliances is an easy way to ensure that your circuits aren’t overloaded. If you are like me it doesn’t take much convincing to buy something new, especially if it’s a new TV.
- Linking power boards
More now than ever we have so many appliances that require charging and it’s a quick and easy remedy to plug one or more power boards into each other, this is called “daisy chaining”. With Laptops, mobile phones, Ipads, watches, headphones all requiring regular charging sometimes one power board isn’t enough. The are many great designated charging stations available on the market built to withstand the amount of power required for charging multiple devices.
- Old Wiring
The wiring in many old houses (40 years plus) can’t manage the amount of high load appliances that we have in our homes now. Single circuits were used for multiple rooms and can become overloaded very easily. This is an easy fix by an experienced electrician who will test the circuit load and divide it among newly installed circuits.
- Understanding your power usage
One sure way to avoiding overloading your circuits is to get a better idea of your power usage and what power your appliances are drawing from the network. Speaking to an electrician and mapping your house and its power outlets and circuits will allow you to disperse the power usage evenly across your circuit board.
You would be surprised just how many houses rely on old ceramic fuses. In fashion the word “Vintage” is cool but when it comes to electrical work its quite the opposite. If you are still replacing fuse wire, then it’s time to enter the 21st century. At NDF Electrical we can do a full review of your current switchboard and make sure that it’s as safe as it should be. Bringing your house and electrical supply up to Australian Standards.
The safety of you family and home can start with a quick review of your switchboard It doesn’t take long for an experienced electrician to solve your circuit breaker issues and make sure that you aren’t spending anymore cold nights outside with a torch in hand. NDF Electrical are experts in ensuring your home is running as efficiently and is as safe as it should be. Protect your greatest asset, your family by following these simple steps to a safe home.