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Once I purchased my first home, I realized that I needed to do my part in caring for my home appliances. In addition to reading the user manuals for my kitchen appliances and state-of-the-art plumbing system, I realized that I also needed to do a little research about HVAC. Because I had no experience with HVAC systems, I called out a professional to teach me a thing or two. It was fascinating to talk with him, and I was able to take notes about all kinds of important topics, such as maintenance, troubleshooting, and even shopping for a new system. This blog is all about understanding HVAC guidelines.

Understanding HVAC Guidelines

What You Should Do When Your Electrical System Fails

Marilou Girard

If you find yourself in the middle of an electrical failure, you're probably feeling a little helpless. That's understandable. It can be frustrating when devices like your refrigerator, television, and lights suddenly stop working. No need to worry, though. While you would like to have an issue like this fixed in just a few minutes, it's very likely going to take a little more time and patience. Here are some tips that will help get you through this problem.

Safety First

First, you should be aware of is that dealing with electrical systems can be dangerous. Make sure you know how to deal with electrical failures safely.

If your electricity has been turned off, it may have been done so by a fuse or circuit breaker. This problem may be a simple matter of replacing a fuse or resetting the circuit breaker. However, if this doesn't solve the problem, then you may need to replace the wires and sockets in your home. It will depend on what is causing the fault for this to happen, though.

If your electricity appears to be working okay, but you still suspect there is an issue with your electrical wiring, you should get in touch with an electrician to come out and take a look at it. 

Identify the Source of the Problem

The first step in troubleshooting any electrical problem is to make sure that it's not caused by an appliance or another device. This can be done by unplugging everything from each outlet and then plugging them back in until you identify the source of the problem. If no devices are causing the issue, you may want to flip off your main breaker and reset it to see if that resolves it. If the issue persists, there's likely an underlying electrical problem that needs professional attention.

Check for Food Spoilage

Start with the refrigerator and check to see if the food inside has spoiled. If your freezer is full, the food will likely be okay for a day or two without power. An empty freezer won't hold a cold temperature as long without power. Take out any meat or other perishables and pack them in ice if you can, or cook them right away if not.

Check the Circuit Breaker

Once you've dealt with any food spoilage, check the main circuit breaker. Sometimes this can be tripped accidentally and cause a brief power outage. If it's tripped, push the reset button firmly to restore power to your home again.

Call an Electrician

If neither of these methods works, turn off all appliances and light switches to prevent damage when they try to turn on again. Then call an electrical repair professional who can troubleshoot your electrical system and fix any problems that may exist.

While a problem with your electrical system can be frustrating, you can get through it using these tips.