4 Causes of Power Loss at Home

4 Causes of Power Loss at Home

Few things frustrate a household more than losing power. Modern everyday life requires reliable sources of power for almost every aspect of getting through the day. While any number of issues affecting the external grid can affect service, individual homes and businesses can experience problems as well.
Here are four of the most common reasons for power loss.

Non Payment of Bills
Electric power is a service and a commodity. Despite how heavily most rely upon it, we still need to pay to keep it on. Power loss due to non-payment of bills does not only happen to those who cannot afford it. Busy lives often distract home and business owners from the basics, including bill payment. Don’t get surprised by a power loss. Pay bills as soon as possible and keep your payment processes organised.

Tripped Fuses
Many older homes still use fuse boxes to act as protection against overloaded circuits. If the power goes out in all, or part of the building, you may have blown a fuse. A blown fuse occurs when a power anomaly melts the filament contained within.

Simply look for the fuse or fuses with a blackened interior, remove and replace.

If you have a fuse box, make sure to keep an extra box handy for when needed.

Faulty Circuit Breakers
Most buildings, including all newer and newly remodelled ones, use circuit breaker systems instead of fuses. They work, however, on the same principle. When the device experiences a power anomaly, such as a surge, it trips the circuit.

Detecting a tripped circuit is simple. Working circuit switches all point in the same direction. Tripped circuit switches will point the opposite way. While fuses cut power more quickly than circuits, a circuit breaker system does not require installing a new product.

Overloaded Power Boards
Many Australians use power boards to provide more outlet options in their home. While perfect for single rooms or small apartments, power boards were not designed to serve a large space or an entire house. Too many people, however, overload their capacities.

Experts suggest unplugging any devices that do not require constant power when not in use. Also, resist the urge to connect one motherboard to another. This strategy will almost certainly fail.
When looking for help with a power problem or electrical issue, reach out to Absolutely On Time Electrical.