Electrical Repair Issues Common in Winter
The last thing you want in the middle of winter is an electrical problem! The best way to prepare for electrical repair is to know what to expect: Here are some of the most common electrical issues we see during the coldest months of the year.
- Broken thermostat sensors: Is your thermostat not responding at all, no matter what you turn it to? The problem could be the sensors that your thermostat and furnace use to help sense temperature. If these sensors break or become disconnected, your thermostat can read anything! A thermostat can solve the problem.
- Fan and limit switch issues: Do your heater or furnace fans keep blowing and blowing even after you've tried turning your winter heating off? The problem is probably with the limit switch or similar electrical components that are malfunctioning. Call in an expert to help diagnosis the problem.
- Flickering lights: Flickering lights can happen for many reasons. However, if your lights flicker during a storm or high winds, then you may have some faulty wiring in your ceiling or walls. It's important to get this inspected quickly because wiring issues like these can be dangerous over time.
- Tripping circuit breakers: We see a whole lot of tripped circuit breakers and blown fuses (basically the same problem depending on the house) during the winter. This happens because of a lot of appliances are on at the same time and a lot of new burdens – like holiday lights and space heaters have been added to the electrical system. If you find your breakers tripping over and over, think about or creating a plan to avoid having too many appliances run at one time or have a qualified electrician install a new circuit.
Have a winter electrical problem at the worst possible time? Head over to Ragsdale and find a solution fast!