Electrical Videos on Repair, and Replacement

Videos links below are in the same order as they appear on the corresponding page.

Receptacle Issues 

How To Fix a Reverse Polarity Receptacle (Hot/Neutral Reversed)

How To Fix a Receptacle With an Open Ground

How to Fix an Outlet that Doesn’t Work: Open Hot

Installing GFCI Interior

Video-How To Install a GFCI Receptacle

Installing GFCI Exterior

How to Install an Exterior GFCI Receptacle 

Leviton Presents: How to Install a Weather-Resistant GFCI Outlet & Weather-Resistant Cover

Electrical Articles

Articles

Every solution is not always safe and simple, always hire a licensed electrician if you are uncomfortable with electrical work.

The Importance of Electrical Repair and Replacement:

Ensuring Safety and Efficiency

Electricity is the lifeblood of our homes and businesses, powering everything from lights to computers. However, when electrical components malfunction, they pose significant risks. This article will delve into the importance of timely electrical repair and replacement, highlighting the potential dangers of neglecting such issues, the benefits of regular maintenance, and how to identify when professional help is required.

Understanding the Risks of Malfunctioning Components

The most immediate risk posed by malfunctioning electrical components is the threat to safety. Faulty wiring or damaged electrical appliances can lead to fires, causing significant property damage and even loss of life. According to the National Fire Protection Association, electrical failures or malfunctions cause an estimated average of 44,880 home fires each year, resulting in an estimated 440 civilian deaths1.

Two common issues that need immediate attention are flickering lights and frequent tripping of the circuit breaker. Flickering lights could be a sign of loose or outdated wiring, while a frequently tripping circuit breaker could indicate an overloaded circuit or even a short circuit – both of which are fire hazards.

Types of Repairs and Their Frequency

Several types of electrical repairs are commonly needed in homes and businesses. These include replacing outdated wiring, repairing or replacing faulty circuit breakers, fixing light fixtures, and installing new outlets.

The frequency of these repairs varies depending on the age and condition of the building’s electrical system. Newer buildings may require less frequent repairs, while older buildings with outdated wiring systems may require more frequent attention.

The Benefits of Regular Electrical Maintenance

Regular maintenance offers a variety of benefits. First and foremost, it ensures the safety of the building’s inhabitants by reducing the risk of electrical fires and electrical shocks.

Secondly, regular maintenance can significantly increase energy efficiency. Faulty wiring or malfunctioning appliances often consume more power than they should, leading to higher utility bills. By promptly addressing these issues, you can reduce energy consumption and save on utility costs.

When to Call for Professional Help

Identifying when it’s time to call for professional help can be tricky. If you notice persistent issues such as flickering lights, frequently tripping circuit breakers, or unusually high electricity bills, it’s time to call an electrician. Additionally, if you feel any mild shocks or tingling sensations when touching an appliance, that’s a clear sign of electrical problems that need professional attention.

Preventive Measures and Additional Resources

There are several preventive measures you can take to maintain electrical safety. Regularly check your appliances for any signs of wear and tear, avoid overloading outlets, and ensure your home has a sufficient number of smoke detectors.

For those who require further information, the Electrical Safety Foundation International provides a wealth of resources on electrical safety in the home and workplace2. If you’re considering an electrical repair or replacement job, it’s essential to hire a licensed electrician who is familiar with the local codes and regulations.

In conclusion, electrical repair and replacement are not just about maintaining convenience; they’re about ensuring safety and efficiency. By understanding the risks and benefits, knowing when to call for help, and taking preventive measures, you can create a safer and more efficient environment in your home or business.

Footnotes
  1. National Fire Protection Association
  2. Electrical Safety Foundation International