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There are four main common types of electrical problems, but the most common problem that many homeowners experience is an overloaded circuit. Your electricity and the electrical components in your home are not something that you think of often, unless you are experiencing problems. The following is a list of signs that you can pay attention to so that you will be able to figure out if your circuit is overloaded.

  • Lights that flicker
  • Wall outlets produce sparks when plugging items in
  • Lights that dim
  • Dimming television screen
  • Burning smell
  • Constantly tripped circuits

Most homeowners are not aware of how much power their circuit has, but most homes have anywhere between fourteen hundred and eighteen hundred watts. It can be difficult to tell what appliances you can plug in and run at the same time without tripping the breaker. There is an easy test that you can do at home without the help of a professional.

Testing the Circuit

You should turn off all of the electrical components in your home, especially the major appliances. Major appliances you should definitely turn off include deep freezers, fridges, and water heaters. You also may want to consider turning off your dishwasher and laundry machines. Once you have turned everything off, you can start to turn on the breakers one at a time. When you turn on a breaker, make sure that the appliance is actually turned on and running. This is an important part of the testing process. Continue to flick on breakers until the circuit trips due to the overload of electricity. You can figure out which appliances you can run at the same time and which you will need to avoid. This simple test is a bit time consuming, but it can be very handy to do to gain valuable information about your circuit breaker. However, you also have the option of hiring a professional to examine your circuit.

Items That Can Overload Your Circuit

There are a number of large appliances and home items that can overload your circuit breaker. Freezers, washers, dryers, and other major home equipment are the most common items that overload the circuits in a home. The best way to avoid this is to purchase freezers or dryers that require a low amount of energy. This can allow you to not worry about overloading your circuit. Dishwashers can also suck a lot of energy and put a drain on your circuit breaker. Avoid running energy sucking appliances, like a dryer and dishwasher, at the same time. This can help cut down on the chances of overloading the circuit.

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