Signs That Your Business Needs an Electrical Inspection

August 24, 2020 10:13 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

You might not be as attuned to your business’s electrical needs as those of your own home, but that’s something you’ll want to remedy as soon as possible. Faulty wiring is dangerous no matter what kind of building it’s in, and when you know how to spot the signs, you can avoid costly repairs or even fires and other devastating consequences. Getting a commercial electrical inspection in Forsyth County, GA is the best way to keep your business safe.

Here are the signs that it’s time to get an inspection:

  • Hot switches and sockets: Are you noticing that heat is coming from your sockets or switches? This indicates a major problem. If you’ve found that your plugs seem unusually hot, try plugging the appliance or device into a new socket. If it doesn’t get as hot, you may have an electrical issue—call a repair technician as soon as possible. Furthermore, if you notice heat coming from a socket even when nothing is plugged in, you need to get in touch with an electrician immediately.
  • Flickering lights: When you have flickering lights, it usually means that a power-hungry appliance (such as an air conditioner, dishwasher, washing machine or other major appliance) is also attached to the same circuit. They may be taxing the electrical load, which causes your lights to flicker. An electrician can ensure that the lighting is either moved to a different circuit or you can plug your appliances into a different area to help even it out. Alternatively, your electrician might review the major appliances and make sure that they have enough power and protection to stay where they are.
  • Odd odors: Sometimes new appliances generate odd smells after they’re plugged in, while burning off oil or dust. If that’s the case, the smell won’t last very long—but if you don’t have any new appliances, or the odor persists, call an electrician for repairs right away.
  • Sparks: Sparks are a major warning sign—call an electrician immediately, and do not plug anything into the socket. If the appliance itself is sparking, that’s likely a manufacturer’s issue. Unplug it, read the user manual and call the manufacturer for more guidance.
  • Wrong sockets: Any room with a water supply should have a different type of socket than the rest of them. This is because water is an excellent conductor of electricity, so extra precautions must be taken. Your sockets should have two buttons in the middle that help reset the circuits if there’s a fault. If not, call an electrician before people use the room again.
  • Buzzing and humming: Are your electrical sockets making noise? They shouldn’t. If you hear strange noises coming from your sockets (or from appliances when plugged into specific sockets), that’s a major sign that you need repairs right away. Unplug your appliances until you get service.

To schedule an appointment with a commercial electrician in Forsyth County, GA, call Duke Electric Co. today. We help both commercial and residential customers stay safe and powered up.

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