As any homeowner is aware, your home’s electrical system is important and requires some level of maintenance. You should certainly consider undergoing a thorough electrical inspection by your Professional Electric Inc. electrician if you haven’t in a while, but there are a few things you can do yourself to ensure that your home’s spring electrical maintenance is taken care of.
Remember that keeping your home’s electrical health in good condition isn’t without consequence; faulty electrical equipment is known to cause fires in homes, so take care of these electrical maintenance tasks and you’ll be glad you did!
Swap Out Batteries
Now’s a good time to take a look at both your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors and see if they need new batteries. Find their test buttons and see if the alarm sounds when pressed. If not, you may need new batteries. Checking your smoke alarms is a common part of spring electrical maintenance because checking your batteries in March and November during Daylight Saving Time is an easy way to remember this task.
Inspect Your Electrical System
Take a look around your house at any electrical outlets, sockets, extension cables, power cables from devices and appliances. Any of these could end up looking discolored or singed, which is a sign that you’re dealing with either faulty or old wiring. If left unaddressed, this could eventually lead to a fire. Contact your local electrician if you think it might be time to upgrade your outdated outlets to help prevent the risk of tripping your breakers or causing electrical shock.
Check Your Appliances
Major home appliances including refrigerators, washer and dryers, and wall unit air conditioners should all be plugged into a GFCI outlet which can add grounding and surge protection. You also want to inspect these electrical cables to ensure none are frayed or otherwise damaged as that could be a fire hazard.
Clean Out Vents & Filters
Regardless of whether you have central air or standalone units, you want to look at your vents and filters to see if they need to be cleaned. A build-up of pollen, dust, dirt, and allergens can all impact performance and accumulate especially so during the winter months. As part of your spring electrical maintenance list, clean any washable filters and find replacements for disposable ones.
Prep For Power Outages
Once temperatures start to hit new highs during the summer, it will put strain on the electrical grid. That plus a storm could result in your power going out. Make sure you have surge protection on all of your devices and if not, consider whole-house surge protection.
You should also keep some emergency supplies on hand with flashlights, water, and even a hand-crank charging station to keep your phone powered. A generator can do wonders if you have the space and want to be prepared.
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