Table Of Contents
- 1 Signs of Electrical Faults In An Office
- 2 Regular electrical maintenance reduces the risk of electrocution and provides greater safety.
Signs of Electrical Faults In An Office
Routine electrical maintenance is not only important for safety and stopping accidents, but it can also improve your office’s efficiency and reduce your power costs. Although a schedule of regular maintenance is the best way to go, it’s important to recognize signs that your office needs professional electrical maintenance. We’ve listed five indicators that your office should contact an electrician to perform maintenance work.
Circuit Breaker keeps tripping.
A tripped circuit breaker is an everyday occurrence. If it happens frequently, however, you will want to identify the root cause. Although you may be tempted to reset the circuit breaker every time it trips, this doesn’t necessarily address the root cause.
Circuit breakers can trip due to either a short circuit or overload. Circuit shorts could be caused by conductors, such as wires or windings within the motor touching ground. Alternatively, the problem might be caused by a particular component.
An experienced licensed electrician can inspect the wiring and connections and identify the source of the problem. This will ensure that your office is free from interruptions.
Circuits that are overloaded can be more difficult to diagnose. Experienced electricians will have the right equipment to detect overloading and identify the source. An electrician can also connect grounding cables to devices and outlets. This reduces the chance of serious injury from a short circuit, protects against overload, and stabilizes voltage levels.
Office lights that flicker
Although it may seem minor, flickering office lights can cause serious disruption. However, if it becomes a daily occurrence, it can be a major nuisance and distraction for office workers. It could lead to headaches, vision problems, decreased energy and morale, as well as reduced productivity. You could also experience an increase in your electricity bills.
An electrician licensed can diagnose the problem. Is it the bulb or something more serious like an overloaded circuit? The latter can cause a power shortage if too many appliances and devices are plugged into one line. Alternatively, it is possible that your circuit wires are not up to date and may be outdated.
Your office may have a greater problem if flickering lights are affecting more than one room. This could indicate a problem with your power source or cable connections. It is crucial to immediately contact a licensed electrician to perform maintenance work.
Warm electrical outlets and power points
Are the electrical outlets in your office heated? You might be late to your maintenance appointment with your electrician if the outlets are not heated to the touch. If outlets are hot or warm after unplugging a device or when there is nothing plugged into, it could be a sign of a problem. Your electrician should inspect and replace any damaged, worn, cracked or chipped outlets.
When changing AC to DC power, electrical outlets can heat up, transform the voltage input (AC), to a usable and storable yield(DC). Check the appliance again after unplugging it. The outlet should be at room temperature.
Do not plug too many appliances into one circuit. Nevertheless, it’s not easy to tell which outlets are connected to the same circuit-wire series without talking to your local electrician. You might also find an older breaker that has been replaced by a high-ampacity breaker in older properties. This can lead to higher current levels than what the circuit was designed for. This could lead to a warm outlet, which can be an indication of mismatched wiring. Your electrician can fix this.
Sparks are produced when appliances are unplugged from Power Points.
Sparks can occur when you plug in and unplug devices. This is another sign that you need to have an electrician inspect your office power points. This can sometimes be a common occurrence – a short spark caused by a rapid draw of the usable energy – without any serious underlying issues.
However, sparks could also be a sign that there is a serious problem. Extreme heat could cause sparks in your outlets. Other issues could also be causing sparks such as melting insulation that covers your wires. This can lead to an electrical fire, which could cause severe injury or loss.
Alternately, water exposure could cause sparks, which could shorten the circuit. An outlet’s life expectancy could also be an issue. A worn-out outlet or one with loose connections can increase the risk of electrical fire and short circuits. Other possible causes include poor repair work and older appliance cords.
You are in an old building.
Older buildings might require regular maintenance, checks and assessments. Let’s say your office is located in an older building. Your electrical wiring may be decades old in an older building. The insulation surrounding the wiring may be much older, and therefore at greater risk of being worn down.
It’s a good idea to schedule regular, scheduled inspections by an experienced, trusted electrician. An electrician can inspect your wiring and insulation and repair or replace it if necessary. They may also install a safety switch to provide additional protection. An electrician can perform the necessary tests to ensure that the older wiring can safely support the load being plugged in.
If your company doesn’t have an electrical maintenance program, you could be liable for unnecessary delays, repairs and wasted energy costs. This is especially true if you live in an older building. Your workers could be at greater risk of injury or death.
Regular electrical maintenance reduces the risk of electrocution and provides greater safety.
Your business can reduce risk, increase safety and lower costs by having an electrical maintenance plan. You can reduce overhead and energy wasters as well as possible causes of interference by hiring an experienced licensed electrician. You can also create a safe and productive work environment for your employees.
Do you need an electrician to maintain your office or commercial building’s electrical system? Get in touch with your local electrician at OnElectrical Contractors in North Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast.