Our homes and workspaces are becoming filled with more and more electrical devices which all need a place to plug into. Unfortunately, your electrical system can be overworked by the sheer amount of devices and equipment plugged in, ending up in an overloaded power outlet. If you’ve ever experienced an overloaded power outlet, you’ll know that it can lead to some expensive and potentially dangerous results. This blog from the best electrician perth at Scott Comms will be looking at a few recommendations on how to avoid an overloaded power outlet at home or in the office.
Be Careful of High Amp Appliances
You may not know exactly how many amps your appliances draw, but it’s important to check whether you’re plugging in a high or low amp device as this can lead to an overloaded power outlet. Kitchens are often a place where we’ve got all sorts of devices and appliances plugged in. If you do only have just the one power outlet in the kitchen, try to avoid having appliances such as blenders, coffee machines, toasters and stand mixers all plugged in and running at once. This can easily lead to you exceeding the power capacity of the power outlet.
Unplug Devices & Appliances
The problem that many older houses have is that they have only a couple of power outlets per room. This leads to many people plugging in powerboards, which are perfectly fine in moderation. When you start to plug that powerboard into another one, and then another, the circuit’s amperage is most likely going to be exceeded as you plug in all of your devices and appliances. It’s best to only have appliances plugged in and turned on when they are in use, making sure that you only have a couple on the go at once if possible.
Check Your Circuit Breaker
If you do have too much current passing through a particular board or outlet, you’ll likely trip your circuit breaker. The good thing about a tripped circuit breaker is that it’s usually a sign that your electrical system is working and protecting itself. It’s also a good indicator that there’s a problem in the circuit, such as when you overload a power outlet with too many devices.
Investing in Energy Saving Appliances
If you have the option to replace some of your old power-hungry appliances or devices with more energy-efficient ones then this is an easy way to ease the burden on your power outlets. You’ll then be able to safely use your appliances and help reduce the amount of energy you’re consuming at the same time. With more emphasis on being eco-friendly today, this is an important step to take that can also be saving you some money on your energy bill in the process.
Rewiring Your Home or Office
This is again another tip for older houses, where the electrical system was not designed with the intention of fitting all of the devices that come with our usual modern lifestyles. If you are noticing that your current setup isn’t quite meeting the demands of your household, you might want to consider asking a professional residential electrician in Perth on whether rewiring your home would be a good option. While the upfront costs may be making you question the investment, you’ll be saving yourself in the long run, as well as increasing the energy efficiency of your home or workspace.
Electrical Safety Inspection
Unless you are a skilled and experienced electrician yourself, chances are you might miss a few things when setting up the necessary precautions to prevent an overloaded power outlet. The best way to ensure the safety of your family or work colleagues is to have an electrician Perth come to conduct an electrical safety inspection.
The electrical contractors Perth at Scott Comms will be able to make a thorough inspection of your home or workplace, helping to identify any potential dangers in the space. We’ll also be able to provide some guidance on how to resolve these issues to keep your space safer for longer. Feel free to give us a call today on (08) 6107 4553, or send us through an enquiry online.