Avoid Christmas Electrical Overloads Call Amp Electric

November 1, 2013

Holiday lights are beautiful. Don’t let them overload your circuits.

With the winter holidays fast approaching, as electricians in Beaverton, Oregon and Vancouver, WA we want to once again warn our customers about circuit overloads. During this time of year they become an increasingly common problem.

Overloaded circuits can cause several problems. When an overload occurs the electricity goes out so do all the appliances that are connected to the circuit in question.  This can be rather inconvenient during a holiday feast.

Overloading a circuit can happen with just plugging in one too many appliances. When your demand for electricity exceeds the capacity of your electrical wiring, the system shuts down. As a Vancouver, WA electrical contractor we see more overloaded circuits during the winter holidays. This, of course, occurs when lights are added to the circuits that already include your “non-holiday” load.

When there is an overload the resulting outage is actually a protective measure that prevents a more dangerous outcome. Often our electricians from Amp Electric see homeowners use quick fixes to get power. Often these methods are dangerous.  The most common example is the habit of running an extension cord to power the appliance via another circuit. This is a short-term fix.

A better option would be to add a circuit.

If your circuits overload frequently, there is a good chance you are in desperate need of an electrician. Only a professional electrician can properly decode the wiring coming into and going out of your main panel.

For a free estimate and some professional advice, contact Amp Electric or click here for more information.

For an electrical contractor in Vancouver, WA area call (360) 910-5805.

For an electrical contractor in Portland, OR area call (503) 896-3171.

For an electrical contractor in Beaverton, OR area call (503) 896-3171

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Amp Electric recently came to my home to assist in my remodel of the kitchen. The work they did with all of my lighting was phenomenal. I look forward to hiring them again when I redo the entertainment room!