4 Common Winter Electrical Problems

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Although homeowners in Tinton Falls use their electricity all year round, the winter months put extra stress on your system you may not think of. It’s crucial for you to be on the lookout for these potentially dangerous issues as winter rolls through New Jersey. The experts at Wave Electric have put together a list of common electrical problems that plague homeowners in the winter.

Common Winter Electrical Problems

Tripped Breakers

During the winter we spend more time inside trying to say warm. This means running your heating system constantly, plugging in portable heaters, and having seasonal decorations to add some cheer during cold nights. All of this extra power usage puts a strain on your electrical system leading to tripped breakers and flickering lights. It can be frustrating to go down into your basement and flipping breakers each time a heater is turned on.

You can prevent this from happening by upgrading your electrical panel to accommodate this strain. A new electrical service panel will be able to accommodate the increased demand and prevent common electrical problems.

Damaged or Frayed Wires

A damaged wire is dangerous at any time of year but can be particularly harmful in the winter. Damaged wires expose you and your family to electrocution and electrical fires. When the snow piles up it can be difficult to spot these damaged wires, so it’s best to check for them before the temperature drops.

Old Heating Equipment

Old heating appliances can wreak havoc on your electrical system. They often aren’t compatible with modern homes and can frequently short out. These older pieces of equipment must be checked frequently to ensure their wires are in good condition. If wires are failing or components inside malfunction, these older heaters can start an electrical fire or shock family members. Wave Electric recommends checking your portable heating equipment and ensuring it’s safety before using inside your home.

Static Electricity

Static electricity is an annoying condition that is very common in the winter. The dry air allows for the build-up of electricity and if you’re near an outlet, this can cause a serious shock for you or a family member. In order to prevent this, Wave Electric recommends getting a humidifier in order to reduce the dry air in your home.

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