6 Common Electrical Problems

common electrical problemsWhen it comes to electricity, safety is extremely  important. High bills, flickering lights, and damaged appliances are a sign of electrical problems in your home.

Most people blame the nation’s power system, but they do not check the poor wiring system in their homes. Some people still use old circuits that are not designed to power new electronic equipment and lighting in their homes. So, they have electrical problems all the time. We have worked with Electrician Geelong to identify the most common electrical issues.

The following are the most common electrical problems.

1. Electrical Surges

Electrical surges occur due to poor wiring or when the lightning strikes. Surges are common. They last for a microsecond. If you are experiencing frequent electrical surges, it can damage your electrical devices. Call an electrician to solve this problem.

2. Overloading

Check your bulbs and other fitting. They may have high watts than the designed fixture, which is very risky.

For example, high heat from your bulb may melt the socket and the wire insulation. You will see sparks when wires touch each other. And this causes electrical fires.

Check the wattage before fitting a bulb or any other fitting.

3. Power Sags and Dips

When you a connect a faulty power grid to electrical appliances, it causes power sags and dips. If the grid is made of low-quality materials, it causes power sags and dips.

4. Switches of Light not Working

When you try to switch on the light, you find the switch does not work. It is usually due to poor workmanship or sub-standard product. The problem can also be with the wiring, outlet, or the circuit. Consult an electrician if the switches of light do not work.

5. Flickering Light

This usually happens when it is windy outside. When the cable moves, it causes a short. This is not a code violation. But it has a high level of risk. And it can cause a fire.

6. Electrical Shocks

If you have ever experienced an electric shock, you know it is a nasty experience. Electric shocks are pretty mild, but it should remind you that electricity is dangerous. So, learn how to use it properly. Do not play with it.

You can get an electric shock when you turn on an electrical device. The issue is usually with the electric device. Let an electrician fix the electric device if you want to avoid an electric shock.

These are the most common electrical problems. Safety is important when dealing with electricity and electrical devices. Do not try to fix an electric fault if you do not know what you are doing. Call an electrician to deal with electrical problems in your home.

The Most Common Air Conditioning Problems You Should Know

common_air_conditioning_problemsIn as much as we would want to have an air conditioning system that works without any issues, problems are somewhat investable with most machines and the same goes for the HVAC. It the AC is not put to use for a long while it is bound to have issues and this is also bound to happen when it is in constant use. Some of the most common air conditioning problems people encounter include:

 

1. Freon Leak
The Freon is a liquid coolant in the Ac meant to help in the production of cold air that will cool the indoors during the hot summer days. The liquid gets depleted over time as the AC is put to use and should be replaced. Sometimes, the depletion can be attributed to leakage that should be repaired before replacing the coolant.

2. Frozen Coils
Dirt and moisture accumulate on the filters and ductwork blocking the free movement of cooled air from the AC unit; this causes the coil inside the unit to get frozen. The frozen coils become susceptible to breakage, and this can lead to the Freon leaking.

3. External Fan Not Functioning
Heat transference may be affected causing the AC to overheat tripping the overload safety. In most cases, this is attributed to the external fan not working correctly thus heat is not escaping as it should. The faulty fan can lead to internal problems, especially with the compressor.

4. Cooling Is Not Adequate
If you not the air conditioning system is not cooling the house as it should, then you may have problems ranging from clogged ducts, low coolant levels, and faulty fans to damaged coils. In other cases, it could be that the HVAC is undersized thus cannot handle the load; which means you need to add more insulation for the home or replace the HVAC with one that can handle the heating and cooling demands of your house.

5. No Cooling At All
In most cases, the problem of the AC not cooling at all can be linked to a faulty condenser or thermostat. You may as well be dealing with no coolant liquid due to leakage, or a fan that is not working thus no air can be dispersed from the AC.

6. Clogged Drain Lines
The drainage issues are often due to the accumulation of condensate in the AC unit. Condensate is a liquid that forms during the dehumidification process and should collect in a drain bin or drain off via dedicated lines. If these lines are blocked, the will lead to the drain basin getting fall resulting in other costly damages.

Thank you to Air Conditioning Geelong for their technical help with this article.

How A Tap Works In A House

how does a tap workOne of the things that we notice here at Plumbers Geelong is that most people lack some of the basic knowledge of how things work in the house.

Do you ever wonder how water taps work? You use them every day around the house from the kitchen to the bathroom. Lift or twist the handle and out comes the water you need. Simple!

But if you wonder how the taps actually work to get water to pour out of them, this article explains this process. The process itself is based on very simple principles of engineering and gravity.

When the tap is pulled or otherwise opened a screw will rise and pull a washer up along with it. The water pours out from the pipe and then comes out for you to use. When the tap is pushed downward or turned off, the motion of the tap pushes the screw down and this in turn cuts off the flow of water coming from the pipe.

The process works in a similar way for both hot and cold water. When you turn a hot water knob it uses the same action to deliver hot water to you. When you turn a cold water knob it gives you cold water. How does the tap know which water to give you? It pulls water from the supply to which it is connected.

So, a hot water tap pulls water that is coming from a supply that is attached to the hot water heater in the house. A cold water tap uses the same principle but draws its water from a different line which contains water that has not gone through any heating.

Screws and levers are two components that help water taps to work efficiently. When the taps are drawn on the pressure changes inside the pipes. It is greater than the air outside it so it forces gravity to work to make water go from the ground up. Ancient Romans understood this process and were able to create plumbing systems thousands of years ago.

The same principles work to deliver water through the taps in today’s houses. The force of gravity and air pressure are at the basis of how taps are capable of working even in the most sophisticated plumbing systems in the most modern homes around.

Understanding how plumbing works is a good thing. It can help you better understand why taps sometimes fail to work. If they are in need of new screws or washers, they will not do their jobs properly and you will know that they need to be fixed either by a plumber or with a little DIY.

Save on Energy Costs By Getting a New Roof

The cost to heat or cool your home has skyrocketed in recent years. Homeowners are constantly looking for ways to cut costs. Interestingly a good roof has the potential to save you hundreds of dollars a year on heating and cooling costs.

how your roof can save you some moneyA roof is literally what controls how much cool air or hot air escapes. A roof that is poorly insulated can allow cool air to escape in the summer. This causes air-conditioning costs to rise. In the winter, warm heated air can quickly leak through your roof making your heating bills astronomical.

So, making the investments needed to have an energy efficient roof can save you a lot of money in the long run. An energy efficient roof can also make you and your family feel much more comfortable during both the hot summer heat and the harsh winter cold.

If you are looking to get the most energy efficient roof, you may want to look into a roof that features solar reflectance. This means that the sun’s energy will be reflected rather than absorbed. This simple principal can save you up to 30 percent on your home’s heating or cooling bills.

Insulation is another key factor to a good roof. Roofs that are not insulated properly can transfer hot or cold air very easily. Insulation increases the R-value. A good R-value means that your roof can resist the transfer of heat.

If you are choosing a new roofing material, always look for Energy Star products. This ensures that you will be getting a product that is highly reflective. The Energy Star Label is difficult to attain; therefore, you know you are getting a good product.

You also want to consider the color of roof you choose. Color can play a huge part in energy efficiency. For instance, if you live in a warm climate you want to choose a light-colored roof. Light colored roofs will not absorb heat as readily. If you love in a cooler climate, choose a dark colored roof to absorb heat.

Adding a more energy efficient roof can seem like an incredible expense. However, it is definitely wise to look into government incentive programs that have been designed to help bear the burden. Many states offer tax credits for making roofs more energy efficient.

If your energy bills seem high, you may definitely want to look at your roof to see if it’s the problem.