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Electrical Problems You Might Face in the Winter

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Winter is a challenging time for homeowners, especially when it comes to electrical problems. From power outages to tripped circuit breakers to storm damage, all sorts of things can go wrong. In this blog post, Zar Electric will discuss some of the most common electrical problems people encounter in the winter and how to deal with them. We'll also provide some tips for preventing these issues from happening in the first place. Stay safe and warm this winter!

Tripped Circuit Breaker

One of the most common winter electrical problems is a tripped circuit breaker. When an electrical circuit becomes overloaded, the surge protector trips and cuts off power to that particular area to prevent an overload or fire. If you experience this problem, try unplugging all appliances and devices connected to that circuit, then resetting the breaker.

Power Outage

Another common issue is power outages. Heavy snowfall, rain, ice storms, or high winds can cause power outages during winter. If your home experiences a power outage due to one of these conditions and you’re unsure of what to do next, contact your Zar Electric immediately for assistance restoring power safely.

Outdoor Lighting Issues

It’s also important to check any outdoor lighting fixtures your home may have. During the winter, snow and ice can accumulate on or around exterior light fixtures, making them susceptible to short circuits or fire hazards. Regularly check for any signs of damage, and replace bulbs if necessary.

Worn Extension Cords

Finally, inspect any extension cords in your home for signs of wear and tear. Extension cords get a lot of use during the winter months with holiday decorations and other festivities, so it’s important to ensure they’re in good condition before plugging anything in. If you notice any fraying or exposed wiring, replace the cord immediately.

With these tips in mind, you should be prepared to deal with the most common electrical problems during the winter. Remember to practice safety first, and if you’re ever unsure of what to do in an electrical emergency, contact a qualified electrician right away. With these helpful tips, you should be able to enjoy a safe and comfortable winter season!

If you’re dealing with any electrical problems this winter, don’t hesitate to contact Zar Electric at (919) 200-6551 or fill out our online contact form.