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The Trouble with Troubleshooting Electrical Issues

by B.Annie on October 15, 2018

Troubleshooting sounds pretty intimidating. While not as problematic as it sounds, troubleshooting is a tough job. It involves both knowledge and experience…with a little help from detective work. When a circuit breaker trips, you don’t want to be left in the dark. You want to fix the problem and know why it happened! Sherlock Holmes may not be the sleuth for this case. Your electrician will know how to perform the forensic work necessary to diagnose the problem and find a solution. The trouble with troubleshooting electrical issues is that you need to find the right inspector for the job!

What is troubleshooting, anyway?

Noticing your lights flickering or being unable to use your outlets is the first step.When your electrician steps in, the can analyze the situation. By observing the behavior or operation of a faulty circuit, they are able to determine the larger problem. Troubleshooting first involves identifying defective components and then repairing the circuit. Some problems are easier to diagnose than others. A defective connection with visual signs of burning may be easier to tackle whereas other problems may be more difficult to find.  

Electricians- the circuit panel detectives

As professionals, electricians can find even the difficult faults that may not manifest such evident symptoms. As detectives, they know that trial and error is not the best approach to your home’s sensitive system. By using logic and analysis to systematically approach the problem, they diagnose and correct the circuit.  

Electricians understand how circuits work

In the service panel, the power energizes two strips of metal called hot bus bars. Circuit breakers or fuses attach to the hot bus bars. Power must pass through a breaker or fuse before it leaves the service panel and goes into the house through a branch circuit.Each branch circuit supplies power to a number of outlets. An outlet is any place where power leaves the wires to provide service. The electrical current, which is a circuit, moves in a loop, remaining contained (i.e. kitchen, the bathroom, bedrooms). Electricians do the sleuth work to find the circuit causing trouble. Tracing it back to the source, they can repair the problem while treating the symptoms.

Electricians analyze your electrical system

Electricians can logically and systematically analyze the behavior of the circuits. Like any case, the culprit will always leave behind clues. Knowing what clues to look for are what the professional electricians at Winstar are trained to do. Applying logic and reason to their observation, they will be able to vocalize the problems to you. Putting the problem to words, a trained electrician will be able to define the cause and diagnose the situation.

Leave troubleshooting electrical issues to the professionals

While many tasks around the home can be handled by the homeowner, when it comes to the safety and security of your loved ones, it’s best to leave electrical issues or questions to the professionals. By being professionally trained and certified, the electricians at Winstar know:

  • how the circuit should operate
  • what kind of features the circuit has
  • what voltages you should expect at various points on the circuit
  • where components are physically located
  • how the components are actually wired together

Leave trial and error for those that want to risk doing it for themselves. Analysis and repair is for the trained electrician like those at Winstar.