When you own a home you are familiar the possibilities of sudden loss of electrical power. This phenomenon is especially common throughout the hot summer months as homeowners are blasting air conditioners for hours on end. As air conditioners run at max levels, electrical circuits reach their limits and short out to prevent overheating. It is at this point when it is time to get your power up and the circuit restored.
Once in a great while there will be a power outage that overtakes a whole neighborhood, city or region. If this occurs then there is not a whole lot you can do but get out the flashlights and candles and wait for the power to be restored. When the power outage is isolated to your home then you are in a bit more luck. It is more likely than not to be an electrical short that can quickly restore power to your home.
When a circuit breaker or fuse box shorts not only will the electricity go out but you often a loud pop can be heard. The most common solution if the electrical power within one area of your home stops working is to reset the circuit breaker or fuse box. This occurs when a circuit has more electricity running through it then it allows safely. A fuse or breaker will automatically “blow” or “trip” when this occurs to prevent the circuit from overheating and possibly causing a fire.
In order to prevent outages like this from occurring it is important not to overload the electrical circuits within your home. When you need a lot of electricity in one area it is important to run separate circuits of electricity to the area. If however, the amount of electricity changes to the circuit frequently and two circuits is overdoing it then make sure not use too much electricity at one time.
This happens in bathrooms regularly. Homeowners want to be able to have the hair dryer running the curling irons warming up and iron on standby. This isn’t normality for the circuit but occasionally occurs, right? If you see this happening it make more sense to move some of jobs to another circuit to prevent it from tripping.
If a circuit is tripped then homeowners will want to reinstate the circuit and allow the electrical current to flow again freely. This is done by locating your homes circuit box. This is a metal box that contains a series of breaker switches or fuses. When you open the metal door of the box there will be one fuse or switch that is tripped. If it is a fuse you will replace that one fuse, after turning off the main current, with one of the same voltage. A circuit switch on the other hand will need to be flipped back to its original state once the main current has been turned off. After the individual circuit is allowing electrical current to pass through it again then it is time to flip the main switch on the breaker box back on.
If for some odd reason this doesn’t restore the power to the area then it may be time to call in an electrical professional. They can make sure that the electrical standards in your home are up to par to prevent any dangerous situations from occurring in the future.