5 Common Commercial Electrical Problems That We Fix

Commercial properties have complex wiring systems. Locating the source of an electrical problem is work that’s best left to commercial electrical contractors. Bailey & Shipp Electric gives you an overview of the common electrical problems that we encounter in commercial properties. 

  1. Power Loss – The most common reason why we are called in is partial or total power loss in the facility. Depending on the kind of business, it can disrupt a day’s operation and cause a significant loss of revenue. Often an emergency generator can only cover basics such as lighting and air conditioning, but computers and networking equipment may be too complicated or power-hungry. Troubleshooting includes isolating the wiring that caused the power loss.

  2. Tripping Breakers – Breakers get tripped because of an overload or a short circuit. If this is a persistent issue, don’t just keep resetting the breakers. Have a professional electrician inspect the wiring and address the electrical issue, as the overloaded circuits can become a fire hazard.

  3. Sparks From Electrical Outlets – Our routine inspections include testing outlets for sparks, as well as checking switches and fixtures if they’re warm. Both are safety concerns that should be addressed immediately. If anyone in your property continues to use such outlets, the wires connected to it can melt and affect nearby outlets. If this only affects one or a few outlets, we can address the issue with minimal disruption.

  4. Dead Outlets – A dead outlet could either be caused by faulty wiring or a tripped built-in circuit breaker. If resetting the breaker or replacing the fuse doesn’t help, we strongly suggest leaving the rest to a professional electrician to avoid the risk of electric shock.

  5. Flickering or Dimming Lights – There are many reasons lights flicker, but the most common cause is due to poor electrical connections. Replacing the light bulbs won’t solve the problem if the wiring or the sockets are faulty. Instead, a full repair conducted by electrical contractors should be done to avoid long-term damage.

To learn more about our services, call Bailey & Shipp Electric today at (410) 457-3507. You can also fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment or service call. We serve many areas in Maryland, Washington, DC and Northern Virginia.

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