Top 3 Home Electrical Questions

Top 3 Home Electrical Questions

It is generally a good idea to know the answers to a few frequently asked electrical questions. We’ve put a short selection of a few below:

What does it Mean to “Short-Circuit?”

In many electrical systems, there is something called a hot wire, which carries the electrical current.  When this wire becomes grounded a short circuit happens.  This can occur if a wire becomes loose, frayed,  or exposed, causing the electricity to divert from its designated path. Short circuits can generate heat and sparks and are usually dangerous, however an updated electrical system will cause the breaker to trip when these problems occur.

Why Do My Lights Flicker?

If your lights are often flickering throughout your house, you should always call your Bristol electrician. It is quite common that lights flicker usually because of an outdated electrical system or if your wiring need to be replaced. In other cases, it can be a loose wire, insufficient power supply, or another appliance on a circuit drawing too much power.

What is the Difference Between a Breaker and a Fuse?

Breakers and fuses both are in place to achieve the same objective. When a fault is sensed in an electrical circuit, both devices will break the flow of electricity. While fuses blow out and need to be replaced every time they do their job, a circuit breaker is a simple switch that can be flipped once the problem is resolved.

If you have more questions or if you are interested in talking to an electrician please get in touch with us.

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