Ways to Prevent Overloading Your Home’s Electrical Breaker
It certainly is inconvenient to have the lights and power go off in your home because a circuit breaker tripped. They can lead to damages to your appliances and risk your home from electrical fires. Luckily, there are ways to prevent overloading circuits. We’ll go through what you can do to prevent this problem.
- Overloaded Outlets. Usually, an overload happens because too many things were plugged into a single outlet. The circuit breaker cuts off the power to prevent damages to the electrical system from the excess electrical demand.
- Replace Damaged Appliances. Malfunctions in the appliance such as a frayed cable or exposed wiring can trigger a circuit overload. Repair or replace faulty appliances to prevent any damages.
- Avoid Using Extension Cords for Long Periods. Using extension cords for extended periods while many items are plugged can overload the circuit and trip the circuit breaker.
- Space Out Kitchen Outlet Use. The kitchen is the foremost area of overloading circuits as many appliances are held there and are used at the same time, overloading the circuit.
- Label the Circuit Panel. Labeling your circuit breaker can help you easily identify which breaker controls a part of your home. Hence, easily managing overloads and faults in the electrical system.
- Upgrade the Old Circuit Breaker. Older homes usually have an outdated breaker panel that can’t handle newer electrical demands. Get it upgraded and replaced with a newer circuit breaker that suits your home’s electrical need.