Electrical Repairs With ATX Electrical

Defining Electrical Repair!

We will start today's blog with a riddle: 'how many persons does it take to change a light bulb?' Answer: Just one, if the one is a licensed ATX Electrical electrician. Yes, a flickering light bulb might be resolved by turning the light off and ensuring the bulb is secure in the socket. However, what if tightening of the bulb doesn't fix the problem of a flickering light bulb? In that case, there could be a more complex problem stirring. For homeowners of Austin, Texas who would dare to consider DIY electrical repair execution — the results could be electrocution! There is the possibility the problem lies with a faulty electric switch, bad electrical wiring that requires replacement, a decrease in electric voltage, or a loose or faulty circuit connection!

Knowing The Why For Those Wires

A home's electrical system is comprised of many different types of wires, each serving a specific purpose of bringing power to a home. The first step of executing any electrical repair to a home is to identify the wire size that needs to be replaced. Wire size is indicated by the diameter of the metal conductor of the wire. The diameter is based on the AWG, American Wire Gauge System. The wire gauge relates to the number of amps of power the wire can carry. Wires can come 10-gauge, 12-gauge, and 14-gauge, and most common in many homes is a non-metallic cable, labeled NM, known as Romex wiring. All wires are insulated by a plastic sheathing material that carries wording, numbers, and letters only your electrician would understand! Examining old home wiring tells the electrician to which circuit the wire belongs. When installing new wiring, it is essential to know the purpose of the new wiring.

Electrical wiring acts as a conductor for the flow of electricity. The conductor used for a home is usually comprised of copper, aluminum, or copper-sheathed aluminum. Wires can be solid metal conductors or stranded wires. ATX Electrical Solutions professionals know the why for wires, which is critical for a proper electrical repair that complies with electrical safety codes.

Common Home Electrical Repairs

Whether an electrical repair is complex or relatively simple, sharp Austin, Texas homeowners call on the skilled electricians of ATX Electrical

Some of the typical home electrical repairs we encounter include:

Loose Outlets: When an electric plug is continually slipping from a wall outlet, there is the possibility that the outlet contacts are worn down. A loose outlet can lead to possible fire with electrical arcing causing dust, wood, or other in-wall debris to ignite.

Ungrounded Outlets: An ungrounded outlet has only two holes rather than the latest three-pronged outlets, called GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter) electrical outlets. Excess electrical current cannot flow to the third grounded hole, protecting the outlet against an electrical surge. Changing ungrounded outlets to GFCI outlets may require an update to wiring.

Over-Lamping: Light fixtures or lamps with bulbs of a higher wattage than the fixture is meant to handle. Bulbs that are too hot can bring electrical arcing, damage to the socket of the fixture, as well as damage to the electrical wiring. Homeowners can avoid over-lamping by ensuring lightbulbs do not exceed the designated wattage. If unsure of the wattage to be used, always choose 60 watts or less.

Over-wired Electrical Panels: When a home's electrical panel is wired to more circuits than the box can handle, circuit breaker 'tripping' can become a problem. The problem is rectified by changing to a larger panel box or adding a separate sub-panel next to the main electrical panel.

Quality electrical repair requires the services of a knowledgeable electrician. Contact the professionals of ATX Electrical for the answers to any disruptions of electric power in your home — and be assured that the repair complies with electrical safety codes!

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