With most people staying at home thanks to the pandemic (as well as the fact that it’s winter anyway), our appliances – and by extension, our home electrical circuits – are seeing a lot more work than they usually do.
This can be a bit of a problem if your coastal home’s electrical circuitry isn’t up for the job!
This is especially problematic with older homes in and around Geelong, the Surf Coast and the Bellarine Peninsula that haven’t had an electrical upgrade for years. Under normal circumstances, with everyone at school or work, this isn’t a problem that pops up very regularly.
Of course, as we know, it’s far from “normal circumstances” right now!
Overloading your home electrical circuits, could be putting you, your family and your home at risk of a range of different problems. But what does overloading your electrical circuits mean?
It refers to when you might plug in more appliances than your circuitry can handle – something that can result in a range of electrical (as well as other) issues further down the line.
Given many people are home at the same time and need several devices and appliances, the demand for electricity can exceed what your power circuit can provide.
One particular problem we find with the locals of Geelong, Surf Coast and the Bellarine Peninsula is an overreliance on extension cords and power strips, combined with appliances that have high power requirements.
This can result in a range of electrical issues, for example:
- Electrical shocks
- Property damage
- Damage to appliances and home electrical devices
- Even worse, overloading home electrical circuits can even result in electrical fires.
Detecting an electrical overload
Now you know what can happen if you overload an electrical circuit, how can you detect it is overloaded?
There are many symptoms of an overloaded electrical circuit, these include:
- Burning smells.
- Overloading a circuit generates a lot of heat.
- Your circuit breakers are constantly tripping.
- Crackling and sizzling noises.
- Scorch marks.
Avoiding an electrical overload
The best way to avoid overloading your circuits is to get in touch with our Geelong electricians to install new electrical outlets and power points that can safely manage growing electrical demands.
This may include installing circuit breakers and surge protection which is one of the best ways to protect yourself is to get surge protection for your home.
Whenever the amount of power flowing through your electrical circuits gets too high, your circuit breakers will automatically trigger, cutting the power supply and preventing damage and reducing the risk to your family.
Our experienced team of electricians service Geelong, Surf Coast and the Bellarine Peninsula and can add circuit breakers to your electrical circuits. This will help to protect your family from the risks that come with overloaded circuits, while also helping you stay safe around electricity.
Of course, that isn’t the only upgrade you can arrange for your home. Our electricians can also expand your home’s electrical circuits and upgrade them to add capacity, helping you avoid overloading your home.
Worried about overloading? Contact our emergency electrician in Geelong today!
Whether it’s an emergency job or a routine electrical inspection, our Geelong sparkies are here to help.