Overloading can occur in an electrical system when you put more pressure on your system than it can handle. It happens when you draw more power than your system can handle by plugging multiple appliances with equally different needs of power. Some equipment is power-hungry, others are not. Therefore, if you should run the TV, refrigerator, heater, coffee machine, microwave, and electric oven all at the same time, then your electrical system is sure to overload.
Electrical system overload is common during festive seasons in most homes. An overloaded system is more of an overloaded circuit which is where the electric power flows through. An overloaded circuit is capable of destroying appliances and dangerous electrical problems if left unchecked.
Luckily, every circuit breaker is designed to shut off your electricity when there is an overload or electrical abnormality. This is the first warning sign of an overloaded electrical system. Other signs include; dimming or flickering lights, warm electrical outlets, buzzing or sizzling sounds from lights and outlets, burning odor from the switches and so on.
When any of these occur, it is time to reduce your power usage or call an electrician to check your electrical system. Here are the common causes and tips to protect your electrical system from overload.
Avoid plugging power-hungry appliances at the same time.
If you must use these appliances, it is possible to connect them to a dedicated circuit. This way your system remains balanced and safe.
Avoid plugging large appliances to extension cords
Aside from overloading your system, this can also lead to damage of the device. Always connect such appliance directly to an outlet. It is safer for each large device to have a dedicated outlet close to it. This way you avoid using multi-outlet converters and extension cords that lead to problems.
Use the Right Lighting
Contrary to general knowledge it is not safe to screw on just any bulb. An appropriate bulb must be compatible with the lamp or fixture it is connected to.
You can also choose energy-efficient bulbs such as LED or CFL to reduce lighting loads.
Take Precaution During the Holidays
When the holidays come, and it is time to spring up all the lights and decorations be sure to take preventive steps to ensure the holidays go smoothly. Plug most lights directly on one outlet each
If you must use one outlet, plug not more than three lights on an extension cord using that one outlet
Finally, get informed about the electrical panel of your home. You can learn a thing or two from a reliable electrician to help you make informed decisions when an electrical problem occurs.