Spring is an ideal time to work on your home, clean, and declutter. While working on spring cleaning this year, consider checking up on your electrical system to ensure it is in working order. Here are a few things to keep in mind when checking up on electrical appliances, wiring, and more in your home.
Change Batteries Smoke Detectors and Test Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Test your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors by finding the test button on the center or the side of the unit. If the alarm does not sound, you may need to replace the batteries in the unit. Smoke detectors should be tested at least once every month to ensure they are functioning properly. While carbon monoxide detectors require less maintenance, each unit should be replaced every five years.
Major appliances should be plugged into a GFCI outlet for extra grounding and surge protection. This is especially the case with appliances including refrigerators, washer and dryers, and wall unit air conditioners.
Electrical Outlets, Cords, and Sockets
It is important to check up on your electrical outlets, sockets, and cords. Unplug extension cords and appliances when not in use to prevent electrical issues. If your home has old or frayed wiring, it can lead to an electrical fire if it goes without repair. It is also important to replace old outlets with GFCI outlets to eliminate the risk of electrical shock and tripping breakers. Always Affordable Electric puts your safety first and is prepared to repair these issues quickly and efficiently.
Inspecting outdoor lighting for potential issues is another thing you should consider adding to your checklist. You should check up on the condition of outdoor outlets and their covers to make sure they close properly. Spring is a great time to survey outdoor lighting for damage caused by winter weather.
Air Conditioning Vents
With warmer days ahead, it is important to check up on your air conditioning vents to make sure they will function as needed. Check air conditioning vents for dust, dirt, pollen, and other contaminants and clean them accordingly. It is important to make sure there are no obstructions blocking air conditioning vents.
Regular maintenance of your electrical system will save you money, protect you and your family, and prevent the hassle of repairs in the future. Always Affordable Electric is licensed and insured, and we are here to help you address any of your electrical needs. Give us a call at 215-927-1100 to receive a free quote from one of our experienced electricians.