Reasons to call an electrician for your Charleston business |Charleston Commercial Electrician
Through the years, your business’s electrical system will experience gradual wear and tear. To protect the safety of employees and property, it is important that owners learn to recognize the signs of an impending electrical failure or code violation. Understanding how to recognize these signs can help you avoid serious safety risks such as electrical fires and electrical shocks.
Electrical work and electrical repairs can be dangerous to attempt without the proper equipment and training so it is important to always hire a licensed commercial electrician to handle all your electrical service and repair needs.
Tripping Circuit Breakers
If your business is experiencing frequent power interruptions due to tripped circuit breakers, this is a sign that your electrical system needs to be inspected by a commercial electrician. When a circuit breaker trips, it is a warning that there is a circuit overload, a fault within the wiring system or another anomaly. Hiring a licensed electrician can help troubleshoot the issue and determine the cause of your tripping circuit breaker and restore the performance and safety of your system.
Electrical shocks are dangerous and a properly maintained electrical system is created to protect you from electrical shock. If your business’s outlets or equipment shock you when you get too close, this is a warning sign that your system is overloaded, poorly grounded and that your electrical system’s wiring needs to be inspected by a licensed electrician. You should not be experiencing any electrical shocks; even minor electrical shocks. If you are experiencing any electrical shocks you should call a licensed Charleston electrician immediately to inspect the electrical system.
When your business begins experiences flickering lights, this is a sign that there may be a problem with the electrical wiring in your building or fixtures. Not only can flickering lights be annoying but they can also be dangerous as the wiring can arc and cause an electric fire. If you are experiencing flickering lights, it is important to hire a Charleston electrician to inspect your business’s electrical system’s wiring and replace any faulty wiring in your electrical system.
Electrical systems can overheat and this can lead to an electrical fire. This is very dangerous and you should call an electrician immediately if you smell burning plastic or see smoke near your electrical circuit box or outlets. Even if the source isn’t visible, you should not ignore the burning smell. Call a licensed electrician to have your system inspected and call your local fire department if you see smoke or an electrical fire has already started.
Discolored or Warm Outlets
If you have any discolored outlets or outlets that are warm to the touch, these are both a serious safety concern and needs to be looked at by a licensed Charleston electrician. Also, if you have outlets that no longer work, that is a sign of a tripped power connection and needs to be looked at by an electrician. It is important to frequently check your business’s outlets and to reach out to a licensed electrician if you notice anything unusual.
Businesses today use more power than in the past and many times businesses overload receptacles to power all their equipment. This is dangerous and makes the outlet work beyond capacity and can be a fire safety risk. If you need more outlets to accommodate your business, call a licensed Charleston commercial electrician to install additional outlets or outlets with more receptacles for your business.
Warn Out Receptacles/Outlet
Over time receptacles, commonly referred to as outlets, can get worn out from years of use. It is important that your plug fits tightly into the receptacle. When a plug is loose and falls out of the outlet, this can cause excessive heat and damage whatever is plugged in. If you notice that your plugs fit loosely in your outlets, contact a local commercial electrician to inspect and replace your outlets
A two-prong outlet is not grounded and also limits what you can plug into them. Many appliances come with the third prong that provides a ground path so that is there is short, the current can direct the electricity back to the circuit breaker causing it to trip rather than shock the person using the appliance. If you look around at the outlets at your business and there are any two prong outlets, we recommend calling a licensed Charleston electrician to install three prong outlets with a dedicated ground to help protect your employees and your business’s electrical system.
GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters) Outlets
Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters, GFCIs, should be installed in all ‘wet location’ in your house. Wet locations include bathrooms, kitchens, garages, unfinished basements, and exterior areas and they all require GFCIs be installed by a licensed electrician. Ground fault circuit interrupters, GFCIs, have been required by the National Electric Code (NEC) since the 1970s and is an important life-saving device. If you notice that you are missing ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) in any of these recommended wet locations at your business, contact a local Charleston electrician to safely install them for you. Also, make sure to check your ground fault circuit interrupters, GFCIs, every 6 months.
If you notice any of these signs in your business, contact Transworld Electric and we’ll send a licensed electrician to fix the problem. You can contact us online or call us at (843) 577 – 3491.
You can trust that our electricians are licensed, bonded, and insured. We have over 30 years of experience as a local Charleston electrical contractor and we are prepared with the education and expertise to protect your Charleston business from any electrical hazard.