Ah yes, the summer season is drawing near. It’s time for swimming, surfing, and of course firing up the barbie. However as we kick back and embrace the warmer weather, the summer also causes a lot of aggravation for homeowners especially when it comes to all things electrical. I’m thinking about that minor electrical fault on your AC, or pool pump you never got fixed during the winter or spring. Now it time to come back to haunt you during the summer when you need it most.
All jokes aside, the warmer weather does place an extra strain on your electrics, so with this in mind, let’s take a look at some common electrical problems and what you can do to avoid them….
Okay, so it’s a super-hot day and you’ve got your A/C on full blast, the beer fridge is cooling down nicely, and your pool pump decides that it’s time to come on. Suddenly everything grinds to a halt as the power trips out. A tripped circuit breaker is often a sign of being overloaded. As more electricity is used during the summer months, and unless you want this to happen on a regular basis, consider upgrading your switchboard.
Old aluminium wiring
If your house was built between the 1950’s and 1970’s and you don’t know of any electrical upgrades in that time then there’s a strong chance that you might have aluminium wiring. While that may not be a huge problem in itself, the fact is that aluminium wiring hates climate changes. As a result it contracts in the winter and expands in the summer. Continual expansion and contraction can eventually cause issues like rusting or faulty wiring, and understandably problems are going to occur when you use it most – yep you’ve guessed it – the summer! As a precaution, if you suspect you have aluminium wiring, or aren’t sure when you last had a re-wire, then contact a licensed professional electrician who can come round and take a look.
The hotter summer months can also bring with them their fair share of stormy weather. Storms, particularly those that contain lightening can cause sudden power surges to your electricity supply. If your area does happen to get its fair share of lightening storms, then it’s always best to fit surge protectors. It will safe you thousands of dollars in the long term, especially when you have to start replacing expensive equipment due to problematic power surges.
As you can see, it is possible to have a great summer without experiencing those costly and annoying electrical problems, so long as you’re prepared. Remember, by spending a little money now on maintaining your electrical infrastructure, you can really enjoy the summer without an (electrical) care in the world.