Three Common Mistakes People Make When Overloading a Breaker

Author: Universal Power & Systems, Inc. | | Categories: Commercial Electrical Contractors , Electrical Wiring , Residential Electrical Services

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Have you ever experienced a power outage and wondered why it happened? It could be due to an overloaded breaker. Overloading a breaker is a common mistake many people make and can have serious consequences. From damaged appliances to electrical fires, overloading a breaker can be dangerous and costly.

So to help you avoid some basic errors that could prove costly, Universal Power & Systems, Inc. has compiled a list of the most common mistakes people make when overloading a breaker.

1. Failing to inspect the space heater

Space heaters draw too much current and overheat the circuit. This will trip a breaker if the breaker is overloaded. Space heaters draw a significant amount of current, and if the circuit is overloaded, it can lead to overheating and tripping the breaker. This not only poses a safety risk but can also result in the loss of heat during cold weather. Moreover, improper usage or installation of a space heater can result in inefficient heating, causing the heater to run for longer periods, increasing electrical demand, and further overloading the circuit. This not only poses a safety risk but also affects the comfort and well-being of those relying on the space heater for warmth.

2. Not ensuring that their home electrical box can support an electrical vehicle (EV)

Customers tend to make the mistake of investing in an EV even though their home electrical box can’t support the charging wattage. Insufficient charging wattage can also result in longer charging times and reduced battery performance, affecting the efficiency and reliability of the EV. Furthermore, not addressing these mistakes on time can have even more serious consequences. Ignoring the warning signs of an overloaded circuit or insufficient charging wattage can result in further damage to your electrical system, increase the risk of electrical shock or fire, and even lead to costly repairs.

3. Relying on old wiring and fixtures

Homeowners must update their electrical systems. Relying on outdated wiring and fixtures is a mistake that can have serious consequences. Old wiring and fixtures can deteriorate over time, leading to electrical malfunctions, increased risk of electrical shock or fire, and decreased efficiency. In addition, outdated wiring and fixtures may not meet current electrical safety standards and regulations, putting you and your family at risk. Updating your electrical system, including wiring and fixtures, can ensure that your home is safe and efficient. Take the necessary steps to update your electrical system and avoid relying on outdated wiring and fixtures.

To avoid these and other mistakes, reach out to the experts at Universal Power & Systems, Inc. With over eight years of experience, our goal was and still is to provide our customers with the very best local electrical contractors in the business as well as the best customer service in the area. If your company is just getting off the ground and creating a new commercial property, we can offer both design, build, and plan and spec electrical estimates to you. We also specialize in working with those doing new construction jobs as well as renovation projects. Offering Electrical Services across Offering Electrical Services across Madison, Verona, Sun Prairie, Fitchburg, Stoughton, Middleton, and the surrounding areas.

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