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We’ve all been there. You are preparing for a nice dinner or, you are in the middle of work when it happens. The power goes out. Leaving you quite literally in the dark.  It is not a pleasant feeling.

The first thought is that you forgot to pay your bill, then you realize your payment went through last week. So what happened?

Most likely something tripped your circuit breaker, and it needs to be reset.

There are many common reasons circuit breakers can trip leaving you in the dark.

Circuit Overload- Perhaps the most common reason your circuit blows is due to an overload. This is also the most dangerous reason, and faulty electric wiring or electrical overload is considered one of the main reasons for house fires. To handle this problem, avoid overloading the circuit breaker by limited the number of high-voltage appliances you plug into one outlet.

Short Circuit- If you smell burnt wires after a circuit breaker trips and shuts off your appliances, you may have experienced a short circuit. Look for black circles around your outlet or other signs that your wiring has short-circuited. Do not try to repair this problem yourself. Instead, contact a professional to do it.

Ground Faults- Another dangerous condition that may cause your system to short out is a ground fault. This happens when a live wire comes into contact with the grounded area. This involves the grounding setup of your wiring and can lead to electrical shock. Call an expert on this issue to avoid an accident.

Storms & Lightning- One of the most common reasons for circuit breaker issues is a storm. If you have recently had a storm or are in the middle of one when it happens, this can be considered a suspect. Lightning can hit any area of our home that is grounded in your electrical system. Sometimes lightning hits something near your home and temporarily suspends your electricity. If it lasts longer than this though, there may have been a direct hit that could have damaged your equipment. Get a professional to check this out as soon as possible.

Appliance Breakdowns- Sometimes your circuit breaker can trip because of faulty or damaged wiring. This usually stems from a central electrical source and can cause a fire or total blackouts. To avoid this problem and to keep from overloading your power source, contact an electrician expert to check your appliances before you plug them in.

Coming Out of the Dark

If you are sitting in the dark due to a circuit breaker tripping, you need the expert advice and help of the experts. At Piper Electric, we can handle electrical issues no matter what the cause is. We can go in and run tests on your electrical system., your circuit breakers, and appliances to see which part of the system needs repair. Then we will work harder to make your home safe from electrical issues that may endanger you and your loved ones.

To find out more about how we can help, contact at 303-558-5853.

 

The summer heat may make your home feel very uncomfortable. Using an air conditioner is a popular way to keep your home cool. Yet, it may be quite costly to install and maintain air conditioning in your house. Plus, wading through all the available options can be frustrating. The good news is, you can always get expert help from the professionals at Piper Electric. You should also take a look at the following tips to help you get started.

Reduce the amount of sunshine entering the house

The sunshine entering your home can cause the air inside to heat up pretty quickly. This can be avoided by covering your windows. Using drapes and curtains is a simple way to reduce heat in your house. You can even buy special blackout curtains that will help keep your home’s temperature down. At the very least, cover the windows that are directly in the sun rays’ path.

Use ceiling fans

Ceiling fans are an affordable way to cool down your house. They cost much less than air conditioning. And, you won’t have to spend as much money on your electricity bill. Using fans will improve how air circulates in your house. In fact, using fans together with your air conditioning will keep your house cool without increasing your energy costs. When in doubt, it might be best to speak to an expert. They will be able to advise on the best way of keeping your house cool in an efficient way.

Keep your house properly sealed

When your AC is running, it’s important that the house is properly sealed off. You don’t want the cool air to escape through an open window. On the flip side, hot air entering the house will put make it more expensive for your air conditioner to keep you cool.

However, if the temperature outside is less than what it is inside, try turning your AC off. Instead, open windows that oppose each other. Then, sit back and enjoy the cool breeze rushing through your house!

Manage your air conditioner

As much as possible, your air conditioners should be kept in the shade. If you can, have your AC installed on the North side of the house. That side of the house gets less heat during the day. Doing this will help to reduce your running costs.

It’s also best to switch your AC unit off when you’re not at home. Your house will not stay cooler just because the AC was on the whole day. The next tip gives you a much better option.

Use a programmable thermostat

A programmable thermostat will ensure that your AC only runs during certain times of the day. That way, you can ensure that the unit doesn’t stay on when it’s not needed. This is a crucial step if you want to save money while keeping your house cool.

Make sure that there are no heat-emitting objects around your thermostat.  This includes lamps, ovens, or even desktop computers. The extra heat will “confuse” the device about the room’s temperature. As a result, the AC unit will work harder to keep the room cool. In turn, this will end up wasting money due to high power consumption.

When it comes to cooling your house, it’s always best to speak to an expert. They can help you figure out the best options for your budget. You will also avoid a lot of trouble that can come from buying the wrong cooling equipment. Find out how you can get your needs met – get in touch now!