Common Winter Electrical Problems in the Home

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Breaker Tripping

While winter is a special time of year full of cozy feelings, joy, and a sense of community, it is also a time of colder weather and dreary days. While it doesn’t get terribly cold here in Cedar Park or the surrounding areas, it does get colder than most of us are used to or comfortable with. At Remedy Electric, we know that more electrical issues can occur during the winter season. We want to help you feel prepared by providing you with a list of some of the most common electrical problems that could occur during the winter season. Learn more and be sure to contact our trusted team to provide you with any electrical repairs you may need.

  Man hanging Christmas lights.

Breaker Tripping

The winter season is a demanding time for electricity. From holiday decorations to heating systems, you likely will be using more electricity during the winter months. All of this additional electricity use can take its toll on your home’s electrical system, which could cause your breaker to trip. If you suddenly start to notice that your breaker is tripping, it means that you are using too much power on that circuit and it should be addressed right away. Your breaker trips to help avoid overheating and possible fires. While a tripping breaker is something that should always be addressed no matter the time of year, if you notice it happening frequently over the holiday season, be sure to contact Remedy Electric to provide electrical services and repairs on your system.

  Snow falling during a winter storm.

Power Outages

Power outages are another common winter electrical problem due to winter storms. Texas suffered through a few serious power outages at the beginning of this year as a result of multiple winter storms that swept across the country. While power outages are not always something that you can avoid, unprotected or under-protected homes are more vulnerable to weather-related power outages during the winter season. Ensuring that your electrical system is winter-ready or having a generator installed for backup power can help you avoid power outages in your home. Our team of knowledgeable and experienced electricians can help determine if your home is ready for the winter season.

  Static electricity makes a woman’s hair static.

Static Electricity

Winter brings cold dry air, stripping the air of humidity. Because of this, static electricity is prevalent during these colder months. Static can become dangerous in certain conditions, including if a damaged or unmonitored electrical current or flammable substance is nearby. In these cases, static electricity can result in powerful shocks. One simple way to reduce static electricity in your home is to invest in a humidifier. Add a humidifier in the drier areas of your home to keep the air more comfortable and avoid the dangers of static electricity.

  Old space heater with red coils.

Outdated Equipment

If you are using outdated equipment, it can damage your electrical system during the winter season. Whether you are using an old space heater, electric blanket, or other electrical devices, they may not be compatible with your electrical system. This could lead to electrical fires. If you are using old or outdated equipment, be sure to check them regularly and always unplug them when not in use. In general, if a heating appliance is older than five years, it may need to be replaced.

Many beautiful things come with winter, but winter also poses its own set of dangers. Ensure your home and family are protected from electrical problems this winter! If you need electrical repairs, troubleshooting, or any other electrical services, be sure to contact Remedy Electric in Cedar Park.

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