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What is Electrical Troubleshooting? Presented by Priority One Electric

When people face electrical issues in their homes, they need to determine the cause behind the problem. Known as electrical troubleshooting, this process requires the homeowner to understand significant elements of safety and electricity.

Safety comes first when trying to repair a damaged electrical object. Unplugging objects, keeping equipment grounded, and remaining careful all play valuable roles in preventing one from getting a shock or encountering a greater danger.

The next step involves determining the problem, which may refer to a single item not working, multiple things not functioning, and lights and other devices flickering or dimming. When several objects do not turn on, reset the circuit breaker. If this fails, try to figure out the location of the short or bad connection by testing various elements connected to the device. Flickering and dimming objects might present greater issues as it becomes more difficult to determine where the problem originates. In this situation, a person needs to learn where the issues are occurring and use this knowledge to adjust the panel.

About Priority One Electric:

Offering 24/7 diagnosis and emergency repair, Priority One Electric functions as residential electrical specialists. Located throughout California with offices in Summerland, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, and Sylmar, and online at www.priority1electricandservice.com, this firm performs electrical troubleshooting for one’s home.

Circuit Breakers Explained

Dan Horan, a veteran electrician with Priority One Electric, provides some insight into the function and dangers of the circuit breakers in your home or office.

Question: What is a circuit breaker?
Answer: Essentially, a circuit breaker is a safety device meant to protect buildings from electrical hazards resulting from power surges in electrical wiring. The breaker monitors how much energy is sent to specific circuits and cuts that power off, or trips, when it overloads.

Question: Are circuit breakers in all homes?
Answer: All new homes are built with circuit breakers. Older homes sometimes use the previous technology, fuses, to monitor electrical usage.

Question: What advantages do circuit breakers have over fuses?
Answer: Circuit breakers make it much easier for home owners or tenants to pinpoint problem areas in their electrical load. When examining a panel box, it is easy to tell which breaker has blown because it will be in the “off” position. Also, unlike fuses, circuit breakers do not have to be replaced after they trip.

Dan Horan is an experienced electrician who has been working in residential, industrial, and commercial capacities for more than 20 years. Priority One Electric serves Southern California in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Ventura, and Riverside Counties.