Understanding the Common Power Supply Problems and Solutions


There are numerous problems which can arise due to malfunctions of your electrical power supply. The connected devices and appliances, as well as lighting fixtures, can sustain permanent damage, necessitating expensive replacements. Also, you will be unable to perform numerous tasks that require electricity in your home. Therefore, it is essential to understand the common power supply issues which can affect your residence. This information will help you guard against losses related to these electrical faults:

Power Sags

Power sags are commonly known as brownouts. In general, this type of problem occurs when the power supply to your home drops below the normal levels. When the electricity sags, you will notice the lights dimming or flickering. Some appliances and devices might experience failure or hiccups. Most brownouts are initiated and controlled by the utility provider. The purpose of this action is to prevent excessive demand for current which would overload the grid or to mitigate related problems. The voltage drop can cause significant damage to your electronics. Therefore, you should think about switching off your computers and similar devices during a brownout. Also, as a precaution, limit the number of lighting fixtures and appliances in use. While most of these products can continue functioning, you should not take unnecessary risks.

Power Outage

Power outages or blackouts occur when the power supply to your home or local area is disrupted completely. This type of incident can be unplanned or controlled by the power utility company. In the former case, the electricity could be interrupted by external factors such as inclement weather, animals and power equipment failure. In controlled instances, the power company might shut down the power to offset excess demand. Also, planned shutdowns allow for the maintenance and repair of grid components. Blackouts are often resolved fast by the service providers. However, they can be extended in some areas due to bad weather and lack of convenient access. Therefore, you should think about installing a backup generator, especially if you are in a remote area.

Power Surges

Power surges or spikes in the electrical supply can occur due to some disruptions in the grid such as contact between trees or animals and power lines. In some cases, you will notice the lights brightening or dimming. However, some surges are completely imperceptible. Some internal spikes can also occur in your home when you turn on appliances which consume a lot of power. The irregularities in power can damage your devices. So, you should hire an electrician for the installation of surge protectors.

Contact a 24-hour electrician for more information and assistance. 


28 November 2017

Understanding the Electrical System In Your Home

Most modern Australian homes rely heavily on electrical power. Unfortunately, not many people realise just how much they rely on electrical power until the power supply to their home is disrupted in some way. There are a number of steps you can take which will help to protect the electricity supply to your home. I am not an electrical contractor, but after a couple of power failures, I have learnt an awful lot from the professional contractors who came out to repair the wiring and fuses in my home. I hope this blog will help you to keep the lights on in your property.