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Which Electrical Components Need To Be Checked Regularly?

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In some cases the best way to keep your need for electrical repairs to a minimum is to replace parts on a regular schedule. Just like your car’s oil or your air conditioning’s air filters, some electrical components have a reasonable lifespan and simply need to be replaced after this time period.

Lighting Systems

As we’ve transitioned from incandescent bulbs to fluorescents and finally to LEDs, lighting systems have grown in complexity. While the LED bulbs that you’ve recently installed may advertise 20,000 hour lifespans, the transformers and dimmer switches they’re connected to may effectively limit their service life.

You should have an electrician assess your home’s lighting system annually, mainly if you’ve installed dimmers, smart switches, or smart bulbs.

Backup Generators

It’s becoming increasingly common for homeowners to invest in backup generators, protecting their sensitive electronics from power outages and keeping critical systems up no matter the condition of the grid. Backup generators are robust and long-lasting but require regular maintenance to continue working their best.

As a part of your annual electrical maintenance, you should perform generator maintenance and stay up on oil changes, and filter changes, and assess the condition of your transfer switch. In addition to replacing worn items, the generator should be powered up and its output should be measured to ensure everything works properly.

 

Electrical Components like Solar Panels, Inverters, Monitoring Systems, and Interconnects

Solar arrays are a great way to save money on your utility bills while doing your part to help reduce carbon emissions. To keep your solar investment working its best it is important to have the core components of your solar system assessed annually.

The panels themselves are extremely long-lived and likely will not need any work for decades, but power inverters, monitoring systems, and power-grid interconnects require more regular servicing.

Maintaining Electrical Components for Safety

Electrical Components

The most important part of regular electrical maintenance is verifying that your home’s electrical system is safe. Modern electrical systems include several types of protection ranging from simple fuse-based circuit breakers to more complex arc-fault detecting circuit breakers that prevent house fires.

Ideally, these systems ‘fail-safe’ which is to say, when the protection stops working the circuit will stop working. However, if a circuit breaker fails in the ‘on position’ it is possible that you won’t realize the protection is gone until it is too late!

Regular electrical maintenance keeps your home’s protection systems in working order so in the event of an emergency you can rest easy knowing that your home and family are safe.

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