How to Prevent Electrical Overload In the Summer

Air conditioning systems are the number one most-used appliances by homes in the summer. The intense heat of this season is reason enough to keep your AC unit running all day long, but while you no doubt enjoy the cool comfort of your air conditioner, it’s important to keep in mind that excessive use can and will lead to problems with overloading. For any issues related to your power system, it’s always best to trust licensed professional electrical contractors. However, this doesn’t mean there aren’t ways to watch your consumption yourself. 

Here are a few of the most reliable tips from our electrical experts at Bailey & Shipp to help you combat the problems caused by the overloading of your home’s systems.

Everything in Moderation

The highest demand for power happens during the hottest hours of the day. This is likely because thousands of homes are turning their HVAC systems on simultaneously. If possible, try to monitor your own usage to help lessen the stress being put on the grid.

Regular Inspections

Contact a professional electrician to conduct an inspection and routine maintenance of your home’s electrical system. This should be done at least once a year, but you can schedule a visit as often as needed, particularly during the transition between seasons. This will help optimize your consumption so you don’t cause a power surge or overloading in your own home.

Watch Out for the Signs

Familiarizing yourself with the common symptoms of electrical problems can help you spot issues before disaster strikes. Be wary of flickering lights, tripping circuits or appliances shutting off on their own. These signs are indicative of either electrical problems localized to your home or a grid-wide overload.

Bailey & Shipp is your trusted local residential and commercial electrical contractor. Give us a call at (410) 457-3507 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a service visit today. We serve homeowners in Washington, DC, and Northern Virginia, VA.