Electric circuits overloading a serious hazard and can result in fire or other serious accidents. An overload occurs when more demand is placed on an electric circuit than its capacity. Onc common scenario is using many appliances plugged into the same outlet using extensions and multi-tap electric adapters. As they all share one main outlet, it places more load on the main outlet than it can handle. Following are some points to remember to avoid electrical circuits overloading.
1. Regular Inspection
Have your electric circuits inspected by a professional every three years. A professional might be able to point out the weaknesses and potential hazards before they cause any damage.
Old electric wiring used fuses to protect the circuits. If you have such a wiring, replace the fuses with modern circuit breakers. It is a common practice to install fuses of higher capacity in order to stop them from blowing. It is quite dangerous as it allows more current to flow than the capacity of the wiring allows.
3. Circuit Breakers
Professional electricians should make sure that the circuit breakers match the capacity of the circuits. Homeowners should make sure that the panels are properly covered and closed to avoid dust and rainwater entering and damaging the circuit breakers. Never tape the circuit breakers to the ON position. If your circuit breakers are tripping often, try to find its cause, instead of forcing it to the ON position.
4. Loose Connections
Loose connection cause sparking and damage your appliances. Furthermore, they can cause fire and other incidents.
5. Extensions and Multi-Tap Adapters
Extensions and multi-tap electrical adapters are often used to attach more appliances. If you are using extensions and multi-tap adapters permanently, it is an indication that you have fever electric outlets than needed and can result in electrical circuits overloading. Call an electrician to install additional electrical outlets to use your appliances safely.