Overloading circuits can be dangerous. (Photo Credits)
Circuit overload can happen in any home. With the many devices and appliances in the modern home, it is easy to pile up on the electrical demand and overload electrical circuits. There are risks involved in the constant overloading of home circuits, and safety experts urge homeowners to avoid it.
The New York Times ran an article mentioning the possible dangers of overloading circuits and how to prevent it. In their write-up, they cautioned homeowners that frequent overloading can result in home fires. They also explained how circuit overload takes place. Builders and Contractors
“Fuses and circuit breakers are ‘safety valves’ built into electrical circuits to protect the wiring against overheating due to an overload or a short circuit. If excessive current flowed through the wires, they would overheat and eventually start a fire. A fuse or circuit breaker prevents this by ‘blowing,’ or breaking the circuit when an overload occurs.”
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Preventing Electrical Overload
Home improvement website The Family Handyman also shared ways on how to address and at the same time prevent electrical overloads at home. In the feature write-up, they mentioned that overloads usually occur during December when there are parties or too much activity around the house. Electricians
“The immediate solution to overload is simple: Shift some plug-in devices from the overloaded circuit to another general-purpose circuit. Then flip the circuit breaker back on or replace the fuse and turn stuff back on. In practice, however, it isn’t so easy to know that you’ve found a good, long-term solution. First, you have to locate outlets on another general-purpose circuit. Then you have to find a convenient way to reach it. Resist the temptation to solve the problem with an extension cord.”
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Homes.com meanwhile suggests a simple solution to prevent overloading of circuits, especially in the kitchen. In their article on preventing electrical overloads, they mentioned that simple decluttering could go a long way in avoiding overloading at home.
“Does your kitchen counter look like an appliance store? Are your coffee pot, blender, cappuccino maker and toaster all next to each other? There may be times when this is necessary. However, it is important to be conscious of the electrical demands of each appliance. Space out your appliances if possible, so they aren’t all running off of one outlet. If you need to leave them all together, unplug them when they are not in use. Decluttering your kitchen has other benefits as well.”
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Circuit overloads can indeed be avoided and should be permanently addressed by a licensed electrical contractor.
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