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Essential Electrical Maintenance Tasks You Should Not Ignore

Electrical maintenance is a proactive process that involves checking, testing, and correcting electrical anomalies. Since your electrical system has many connections and components, you may overlook some areas. Here are electrical maintenance tasks that should be on your checklist.

Test Light Switches and Replace Bulbs

Start by testing the light switches; are they warm to the touch? If you hear buzzing or crackling noises, the switch may have a short circuit. You may also notice discoloration, such as black or brown marks around the switch.

If you have flickering lights, check if the bulb fits properly into the socket. The problem may be loose wiring or a faulty wall switch. It is wise to have a professional such as Rush Electric fix it promptly since wiring issues are the leading cause of electrical fires.

Examine Receptacles and Extension Cords for Deterioration

Does the electrical plug fit snugly into the receptacle? Straightening the prongs is sometimes enough to fix the problem. But a loose fit may be a sign of an aging receptacle deteriorating due to sparking or short circuits.

Do you often use an extension cord to power devices? Your home’s circuit may not have enough outlets for all appliances. Consider upgrading the outlets to avoid overloading the extension cord, which can trigger a fire hazard.

Beware of using extension cords with energy-demanding appliances like space heaters. Check the power rating before using it. If the cable is frayed or has burn marks, replace it with a new one.

Receptacles should have three-prong sockets rather than two. The third socket is for grounding, which is essential for reducing incidences of electrocution and electrical faults.

Test GFCI Outlets to Ensure Optimum Safety

The kitchen, bathroom, and outdoor receptacles should have a GFCI outlet. A Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter protects you and your family from electrocution. Therefore, regularly testing the outlet ensures optimum safety in your Shelby County home.

Test the outlet by pushing the reset button. If the button does not pop back up, it could be a disconnection. You should call in an electrician to check for loose wires or terminal screws and retest the receptacle.

If the GFCI outlet is not working, it could be faulty. The best solution is to replace the GFCI. Also, ensure you have GFCI receptacles in the garage, basement, and laundry room.

In Shelby County, new rules require an AFCI installation for residential electrical systems. AFCI (Arc-Fault Circuit Interrupters) are more efficient than conventional circuit breakers at detecting electrical arcs. Therefore, a regular inspection is critical for upholding safety and ensuring code compliance.

We recommend performing a professional inspection regularly to keep your electrical system efficient. Contact Rush Electric for cost-effective and dependable electrical services in Memphis, TN.

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Steven Holland
Steven Holland
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Jan Hawks Bartlett
Jan Hawks Bartlett
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Lisa Berryhill Richerson
Lisa Berryhill Richerson
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