Did your microwave suddenly stop working? Did you notice an electrical fluctuation before it did?
Safepower.co.nz explains that working with professionals will help you get the electrical service you need for these types of situations. But even licensed electricians need your help to perform their tasks well. Here are some of the things you need to do before the electrician arrives.
1. Check if your appliance is plugged in. If it uses an extension cord, make sure that’s plugged in. As simple as this may sound, it does happen. Especially if your cords are in the way of other appliance cords. Someone in your household may have accidentally turned it off or unplugged it.
2. Check for overloading in your fuse box. Most multi-boards in a fuse box have switches that automatically disable themselves if they’re overloaded. Go to your fuse box and try to unplug one or two cords and try turning on your appliance again. If that works, you’ll have to discuss the overload problem with your electrician.
3. Check your fuses. If plugs and switches are good, and there’s no issue of overloading, plug in your appliance in a different part of the house. If it works there, you may just have blown the fuse.
4. Check the socket. If the socket where your appliance is plugged in has burn marks, you may have dangerous faulty wiring. The best thing to do is to turn off the fuse in that part of the house and call an electrician right away.
5. Check the appliances. Maybe you’ve had this appliance for quite some time now and it needs some repairs or part replacements. Go online or get in touch with the manufacturer to help you figure out what to do.
These are basic points that every homeowner must know before calling a professional. Remember that dealing with electrical wiring can be dangerous if you don’t know what you’re doing. It’s still best to leave the job to the pro.