We use the electric in our home every day, however, when something goes wrong, many homeowners are perplexed as to why a certain electrical problem may be happening. Even though it’s always a good idea to have a professional electrician address the problem, knowing the cause of the problem could help you avoid it in the future. Here are some of the most common questions homeowners ask about their electrical systems.

What’s a “short circuit”?

A “short circuit” or a “short” are the same issue. A short circuit occurs if the “hot” wire (the one conducting the electrical current—usually the “black” wire) touches either the equipment ground (the “green” wire or “bare copper” wire) or the grounded conductor (known as the neutral—usually the “white” wire).

If you experience a short circuit, unnecessary levels of heat are produced. A useful example of a short circuit that’s controlled is the spark made from an arc welder. Short circuits in your home will generate sparks and heat if gone unnoticed. Luckily your circuit breakers in the electrical panel cut the power to your circuit when a short circuit occurs.

What’s a GFCI outlet?

This type of outlet is an outlet receptacle intended to guard you against electrical shock if moisture is around. With homes constructed on or after 1981, there’s a solid chance that your bathrooms, kitchen, outdoor and garage outlets are shielded with GFCI outlets. You will be able to recognize a GFCI outlet by searching for two buttons placed on the face of the outlet. One will say “test” and the other will say “reset.”

The button with “test” displayed is going to trigger the GFCI outlet to turn off. The “reset” one will turn on the GFCI outlet when it’s been shut off. When your outlet is not resetting whenever the “reset” button is pressed, there is a good chance that there’s an issue with your electrical system.

If you are experiencing issues with your home electrical system, AAA Service can help. Call or schedule an appointment with us online today. Our experienced electricians are ready to get to work!

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