Preventive maintenance is essential for maintaining the critical parts of your home. While you may know to provide this care to features like your water heater or HVAC system, it is also crucial for your electrical system. Failing to provide maintenance to the critical components of your system, such as electrical outlets and panels, can put you at risk for electrical fires and malfunctions. By taking small preventive steps every year, you can prevent big destructive problems from occurring in your home. The electricians at Professional Electric Inc. can provide the reliable and efficient preventive electrical maintenance you need for your outlets and panels.
Electrical Panel Maintenance
Hiring an electrician to visit your home once a year to inspect your breaker panels is essential for noticing any corrosion or other damage that may cause trips. Part of the preventive maintenance is opening the panel and turning each breaker on and off to ensure that all parts are in good condition. If the breakers sit in the same position too long, they may not be able to trip when you need them to. An annual check-in with your electrical panel can keep your panel up-to-date and make you aware of any potential problems forming.
Electrical Outlet Maintenance
As electricians like to say, “loose wires start fires.” If you have a bad connection or plug or hear buzzing from your outlet, it means something inside is not right. Common warning signs for outlets include:
- The outlet shows burn marks or signs of melting
- Outlets have chips or cracks that can let dust build up inside the outlet
- The plugs fall out of outlets easily
- The outlet is hot to the touch
- You see or smell sparks
- Power flickers when you plug in appliances
If you notice any of those signs, it is definitely time for an outlet replacement. Fortunately, when you schedule preventive electrical maintenance for your outlets, you can spot any loose connections before they start causing real problems.
Outlet maintenance includes using the test and reset buttons on GFCI outlets and a plug tester. This tester plugs into an outlet and uses three lights to indicate the quality of the outlet power.
It is also wise to consider what appliances you plug into each outlet. Homeowners should know where their circuits are and should spread out heavy-duty appliances across the circuits, so one isn’t overloaded. Your electrician from Professional Electric Inc. can help you understand your home circuit and how to use it effectively.
Need a Reliable and Experienced Electrician? Call Professional Electric Inc.
Our family-owned and operated business has earned the trust of the Crofton community since 1990. Our team of friendly and expert electricians is licensed, bonded, and insured. From electric panel upgrades to lighting installations, and all other electrical services and repairs in between, you can count on Professional Electric to get it done safely and skillfully. Further, our dedicated electricians are standing by 24/7 for your emergency electrical situations. We proudly serve customers in Annapolis, Severna Park, Crofton, Gambrills, Odenton, Bowie, Stevensville, Mitchellville, Millersville, Cape St Claire, the surrounding Southern Maryland area, and beyond. To find out more information on our wide range of electrical services, or to get a free estimate from our master electricians, contact us at our website or call 410‐451‐8085, 301‐390‐7620, or 443‐871‐1492. For more ways to stay connected, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.