Top Electrical Issues in Winter

It’s that time of year again – winter is officially here! While many people enjoy the cooler weather, it can be challenging for those who live in cold climates. Unfortunately, many people experience electrical issues in the winter months.  This blog post will discuss some of the top winter electrical problems and provide tips on preventing them. Stay warm and safe this season!


1. Outlets and switches not working

This is often caused by loose or damaged wiring. Check all of the outlets and switches in your home, and if any seem not to be working correctly, call Plugged In Electrical to have them checked out.

If you live in an area that gets a lot of snow, clear any snow away from outlets and switches. This will help prevent them from freezing and becoming damaged.

Another tip is to invest in switch and outlet covers. These can help protect against moisture and debris and prolong the lives of your electrical components.


2. Lights flickering or going out

A loose connection in the wiring usually causes this. Check all the light fixtures in your home, and if any seem to be flickering or going out frequently, call Plugged In Electrical, and we will have a solution for you.

It’s also essential to ensure that your light bulbs are the correct type and size for your fixtures. Using the wrong kind of bulb can cause flickering and premature burnout.

If you have any outdoor lights, be sure to check them regularly during the winter. Snow and ice can build up on the fixtures and cause damage.


3. Appliances not turning on

A power surge often causes this. Check your home’s circuit breaker to see if it has been tripped. If it has, reset it and try turning your appliance on again.

If the problem persists, Plugged In Electrical is here for you. There may be a loose connection somewhere that is causing the power surges.

Another tip is to unplug any appliances that you’re not using. This can help prevent damage from power surges.


4. Whole-house surge protectors tripping

If your whole-house surge protector trips frequently, it’s possible that there is a problem with your home’s wiring. 

It’s also essential to ensure that you use the correct sized breaker for your home. If the breaker is too small, it can’t handle the amount of electricity your home is using and will trip frequently.

Check all of your home’s appliances to ensure they are properly grounded. This can help prevent power surges and protect your appliances from damage.

We hope you found this blog post helpful! Please contact us if you have any questions about winter electrical issues or need assistance with any of the tips we’ve mentioned. Plugged In Electrical is ready to help keep your home safe and warm this winter!

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