Frequently Asked Electrical Questions (Part 2)

Frequently Asked Electrical Questions 2From breakers that keep tripping to outlets that don’t work, at Jeremy Electrical, Heating & Cooling, we get lots of calls from customers regarding common electrical problems. The following are a few of the most frequently asked questions we get from our customers.

Why Do My Breakers Keep Tripping?

There are several possible explanations:

  • The number of items plugged into the circuit may exceed the electrical demand that the circuit is designed to carry.
  • There may be a short in the wiring. If this is your problem, the breaker will automatically trip as a safety mechanism to cut the power to the circuit. If left unchecked, a short can generate heat and sparks that can create a serious fire hazard.
  • The breaker or fuse could be faulty.

The best course of action is to have one of our professional electricians diagnose the problem to ensure that there are no safety concerns.

Related Read: 4 Warning Signs You Need Electrical Repairs

What Is a GFCI Outlet?

GFCI or Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter outlets are required in bathrooms, kitchens, and other areas where water is present. These outlets are designed to automatically trip and shut off when there is an imbalance in the electrical current in order to protect people from electrical shock. GFCI outlets have a “test” and “reset” button on the face of the outlet. When it trips, it can be reset by pressing the button.

How Can I Make Sure My GFCI Outlet Is Working?

Press the test button. This should trip the outlet. Next, press the reset button, and the outlet should work again. If not, you should contact an electrician. It’s a good idea to test all of your GFCI outlets annually.

What Is Open Wiring?

Often referred to as knob and tube wiring, this type of electrical wiring was popular up until the 1940s. It is characterized by porcelain fittings that are used to support and run the cables throughout the structure.This type of wiring is not allowed under current electrical codes; however, you might still run across it if you are renovating an older home.

Knob and tube wiring does not normally support the demand of the numerous electrical devices that we use today. The wiring can also deteriorate with age and create a fire hazard. If you find this type of wiring, have it replaced as soon as possible to avoid safety hazards.

I Have Two-Pronged Outlets, but Most Electrical Devices Have Three Prongs. Can I Remove the Extra Prong?

No. The third prong is a ground that helps prevents shocks. The best option is to have one of our technicians upgrade your outlets to three-pronged outlets.

For your safety, we never recommend that you try to diagnose or repair electrical problems yourself. If you are having electrical problems, contact us at (913) 375-0070. We will send one of our licensed and bonded electricians to your home to ensure that the situation is taken care of safely and correctly.