You can’t get any better, or more protected when it comes to your commercial building’s electrical situation, than you can from hiring a licensed and certified electrical contractor to handle the work. Doing the work isn’t the only place for a professional, however, as that work needs to be inspected by other experts to ensure that your building, and staff, are safe. Whether you’re an inspector or just a concerned property owner, here are 12 common electrical problems to look out for.
Dimming or Flickering Lights
It’s never a good sign to have dimming or flickering lights throughout your business. While it could just be the light bulbs itself, it’s also possible that there’s an issue with the electrical wiring. If that’s the case, it’s a serious problem that needs to be looked at immediately by a professional, as faulty wiring can be a dangerous fire hazard.
Tripping Circuit Breakers
If you find that your circuit breaker shuts off or stutters far more often than it should, then it’s probably a sign that something within the panel needs to be replaced or adjusted. It’s essential that your breaker is up-to-date and capable of handling any heavy-duty devices you’re company uses.
Errors in Wire Length
When an electrical wire is stripped down, exposing part of the metal core within to create the electrical connection, the length of that wire can’t be too short. Why? It could cause an interruption between the power connections, resulting in a short circuit. The standard wire length for an outlet box is six-inches, and if that’s something your electrician doesn’t know, then you need to look for a new one as soon as possible.
Unprotected or Insecure Electrical Wiring
There shouldn’t be any exposed or unprotected wires in a commercial building, as it can create discrepancies with the power supply. Regulations are in place to make sure all wiring is protected from human tampering and the elements, which is why it won’t escape the notice of an electrical inspector. In the same respect, having your electrical wiring done by an inexperienced electrician, especially on a large commercial space, can result in potentially shorting out the circuit breaker.
Old Electrical Wiring
If your commercial building is being renovated or you’re moving into an older building than you’ll likely find a mixture of old and new wiring spread throughout. Old wiring found has a greater possibility of creating electrical surges or overloading the circuit breaker. For this reason alone, it’s important that those wires are carefully inspected and cleared for usage before further work continues.
This is something that can happen during or after building renovations and repairs. Connections can overheat and arc, which will likely lead to injuries and is easily a fire hazard. For this reason alone, it’s important that your electrical contractor is properly certified and licensed before work begins on your property.
If you notice any sparks going off when something is plugged into or pulled out of a power outlet, turn off the main power source immediately. Letting those sparks continue can cause burning or melting within the outlet and potentially lead to a fire. Don’t try to fix it yourself or deem things to be fine once the sparks are gone. Call in the experts immediately before something terrible happens.
The overuse, misuse or improper installation of electrical devices can easily lead to a variety of issues, especially if your business relies heavily on computers. Not only is the potential for data loss much higher when your electrical systems aren’t properly maintained, but you’ll increase the risk of an electrical fire as well. To make sure this doesn’t happen, have an electrician inspect your wiring, electrical panels and everything else to keep your staff and business safe.
Not Enough Outlets
While it’s hard to determine just how many power outlets your commercial building will need when you’re actively expanding and increasing how much equipment you utilize, extension cords and power strips aren’t the way to go. Having too many can easily become a fire hazard, which is why it’s worthwhile to have an electrician inspect your space and have your electrical systems upgraded.
Faulty Electrical Installation
Lazy or cheap installation jobs can cost you your entire business. Improperly installed telephone lines, water heaters, air conditioners and other heavily used equipment can result in an electrical short, or worse. To preserve your workplace, make sure all wiring and installation connections are up to code by a certified and licensed electrical contractor.
Sudden Power Outages
It’s incredibly difficult to complete your daily to-do’s when you don’t have a regular or reliable power supply. Therefore, whether you’re powering the entire building or just an office or two, you could cause a power outage for everyone by using an unreliable power source. While flicking with the electrical panel can resolve the issue in some cases, there are other instances in which you’ll need an electrical contractor to handle the problem.
Regarding warehouses and factories specifically, it’s necessary for companies in these spaces to use heavy appliances to get their jobs done. However, that heavy-duty equipment requires a lot of power to function, increasing both the risk of electrical failure as well as potential electrical fires. Therefore, it’s common for the circuits powering these appliances to break. If this happens, the machines need to be shut down immediately and a certified electrician should be called in to assess the problem.
At K-Watt Electrical Inc., we’re here to provide commercial clients across Ontario with innovative, safe and reliable energy solutions. Located in Brampton, Ontario, we service the Greater Golden Horseshoe area with electrical repairs, electrical wiring, electronic inspection, landscape lighting, electrical installation, appliance installation, and much more. No matter the size of the job, our certified, licensed and insured electricians are committed to bringing you the best electrical results. For your peace of mind, give us a call or visit our website for more information.