It can be frustrating to have to deal with an electrical circuit malfunction, especially when it decides to act up when you need it most. For example, if your furnace works off of that circuit and it's the middle of the winter, you are going to be out of warm air. If you need to do laundry and it is your washer that is connected to that circuit, you may have to go to the local laundry mat to wash clothes after work. If you can't fix the circuit yourself, there are some questions that you can ask to identify the culprit causing the problem, which will allow you to direct your electrician in the appropriate direction when they answer your service call.
Question #1: Has It Happened Previously?
If you have previously had a problem with an electrical component, the first thing that you will want to do is to check it. For example, if you have dealt with loose wiring in the past, the wiring may have come loose again. If you have had issues with a fan motor or capacitor, there could be an issue again. Take the time to always check previous issues before doing anything else because there is always a good chance that prior problems will creep back up to bite you in the rear once again.
Question #2: Have You Made Any Recent Changes Around the Home?
If there have been any upgrades, repairs or renovations performed to your home recently, then there may be a chance that these could be the culprit of your electrical problem. For example, if you recently had a brand new HVAC unit installed, the technician may not have installed it properly or some components or wires may have wiggled loose over time from its operation. A second example would be if you added a large addition onto your home and failed to add additional electrical wire and other necessary electrical components.
Question #3: Is Anything Still Working?
Last, but not least, you should check to see if anything is currently still functioning that is hooked up the malfunctioning circuit. For example, if your HVAC unit is on the circuit, it could be that the actual furnace isn't working, but the fan motor is making a humming noise. Alternatively, the fan motor sounds fine and seems to be operating okay, but there is no noise coming from the exterior unit. These types of things can help you determine the general area of where the issue is coming from.
By going through the aforementioned questions and steps, you will help your electrician find the culprit of the issue before he or she arrives and reduce the amount of time that he or she needs to spend in your home, which can often leave you some money in your pocket.
Contact a company like Morris Electric Contracting & Service, Inc. for more information and assistance.