Entertaining during the holidays, including having guests over, fixing elaborate meals and putting up electricity-dependent decorations, are not the only things that stress your electrical system in winter. Winters are chilly in Jonesboro, and now and then, a snow or ice storm can take down power lines. In addition, natural accidents can plunge entire neighborhoods into such darkness and cold that homes without standby generators can be uninhabitable. Here are some less dire electrical concerns that are seen more often in winter.
Frequently Tripping Breakers
Breakers trip even in the loveliest weather, but it is more likely during the winter. If your breaker trips frequently, it may have too much of an electrical burden. Power surges or a short circuit can also cause the circuit breaker to trip.
Sparking or Non-working Outlets
Sometimes you’ll notice sparking when you plug an appliance into an electrical outlet. It may be harmless, but it can also indicate a severe problem. For example, if the outlet becomes very hot, the coating that protects the wires can melt, which causes sparking.
During the winter, you may notice that your light bulbs seem to be burning out faster than usual. Burnouts might be a problem with the bulb itself, but it can also be a function of the power company sending more juice to your electrical system. Since your power company is probably doing this to compensate for the greater use of electricity in the winter, invest in bulbs with higher voltage. Higher voltage doesn’t necessarily mean higher wattage.
Strange Odors and Sounds
Call the electrician immediately if you smell a burning wire or hear loud buzzing from an electrical outlet.
Problems with Old Equipment
You may be surprised to learn that the old space heater that keeps you warm on frosty nights might not be compatible with the electricity in your modern home. Old equipment can put you at risk of an electrical fire, so it’s good practice to have it checked by an electrician. You might want to replace small appliances over five years old.
Get in Touch with Us for Your Winter Needs
Our licensed and professional electricians are proud to serve both residential and commercial Jonesboro customers. We are second to none in our area and pride ourselves on our customer service. Winter is tough on a home’s electrical system, but our electricians are here to help in all kinds of weather. Besides making sure your system works beautifully throughout the season, we also generators, EV chargers and electrical panels. In addition, we make sure your system is compliant with electrical codes and can install surge protection.
Please don’t wait till winter is upon us. Call Chamberlain Electric LLC today.