Monthly Archives: September 2011

Electrical Shorts

In case you happen to be experiencing tripped circuit breakers or blown fuses in your home more frequently than you should, than it is likely that you have one or more electrical shorts in your home. It can be common to hear a popping sound, which is often fairly loud, whenever the circuit becomes activated. A short circuit occurs when you develop an erroneous connection within one of your circuits, which happens when an electric path has developed accidentally within the circuit. If you believe that somewhere within your house there are electrical shorts, then it they have to be located and repaired without delay. If not attended to,  electrical shorts could potentially cause wire damage because of the insulation melting, circuit damage, or even a fire. You can locate and repair electrical shorts on your own if you’re comfortable dealing with electricity. Otherwise, calling a licensed electrician is the ideal option.

Electrical Shorts

Electrical Shorts

What to Check First in the Case of Electrical Shorts

If you are trying to find where the electrical shorts are, the first good step is to look at your appliances. If you know which appliances you were using as soon as the short occurred, unplug these appliances. Then, change the fuse or reset the breaker which is linked to the circuit that supplies electricity to those appliances. Turn back on the circuit and make sure the circuit breaker hasn’t tripped or the fuse has not blown. If your circuit trips and you have no appliances plugged in, the chances are you have got a short within the wiring or the receptacle. If everything is fine, then chances are there is an appliance creating the problem. Should this be the situation, you will want to test each one of the appliances individually. If you are able to discover the one that was creating the problem, you’ll need either to repair it or remove it.

In Case You Have a Short In Your Wiring

Unless you find an appliance which is creating the electrical shorts, chances are you have got a wiring problem. The first thing that you must do is always to switch off the circuit that has the trouble. Before you can proceed, you need to use a volt/ohm meter to check the voltage and ensure that this circuit is turned off. When you verify that your voltage is showing as zero on the meter, you can remove the receptacle, pulling the wires out with pliers and a screwdriver. Adjust the volt/ohm meter so it is set to measure ohms. You now must connect one of the leads to the bare end of the white wire, and then the other lead should connect with the bare end of your black wire. In the event the reading you get with your meter shows O.L. (infinite ohms), this is the sign that this receptacle itself needs to be replaced. If the volt/ohm meter indicates continuity, then the short is probably in the circuit breaker or perhaps the wire. If you discover this to be your problem, you will need to turn off the main breaker so that you can investigate further. At this time, calling an electrician is usually your best option in the interest of safety. The electrician can tell which fuse or breaker connection is causing the problem and remove the wires The electrician will be able to repair your shorted wire or defective breaker safely, and next check it out to be sure that your trouble has been solved.

Now that you know how to identify an electrical shorts in your house, you can better protect your home and family from a catastrophic fire caused by an electrical problem.

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