Frequent Summer Electrical Issues

Just like every season, summer has its own set of electrical problems. As you are trying to stay cool inside, you might be noticing some strange issues occurring with your home or office electricity. Flickering lights, tripping circuit breakers, power going off at odd times, these are some of the signs of electrical problems. Solving your problems can be difficult when you don’t have the answers. Nipper Electric can help you solve all your electric problems with our wide range of services including

  • NipperElectric-logoElectrical Troubleshooting
  • Aluminum Wiring and Rewiring
  • Panel Upgrades
  • Electrical Inspections
  • Electrical Repairs to Damaged Areas
  • Energy Audits
  • Lighting Upgrades
  • Outlet Installations

Nipper Electric is a family owned business based in the Virginia Beach area. We have been helping families and businesses solve their electrical mysteries for over 18 years. Our expert team of licensed electricians can help you find the answers to all of your electrical problems, even those pesky summertime troubles.

Summer Time Power Struggles

Summertime electricity comes with its own set of troubles. Some of the issues that occur during summer include:

  • lightning strikeHigher Levels of Electrical Usage
  • Aluminum Wiring Issues
  • High Wind Storms
  • Storms with Lightning

Each of these problems can affect other areas of your home and create dangerous electrical issues.

Stormy Weather

Summer time storms are a natural part of warm weather. However, these storms can cause problems for your electrical systems.

  • Windy Storms- These storms can tear up your electrical wiring outside, including your weather-head. Damaged weather-heads can keep electricity from getting to your home and create hazardous conditions outside the home.
  • Lightning Storms-Electrical Storms or storms with lightning can cause strong power surges that send your panel into electrical overload. They can also damage your appliances and technology.

In the case of storms, it is always better to be safe than sorry. For windy weather, prepare early to make sure all of your wiring is safe and secure. For electrical storms, look into adding a surge protector that will help guard your home from powerful electrical surges.

Aluminum Wiring Problems

The heating and cooling of your home can cause major problems for your aluminum wiring. Creeping occurs when the aluminum wiring is repeatedly heated and cooled. The wire expands and contracts which causes the wire to start creeping away from screws and terminals. Aluminum wiring issues create:

  • wires on fireOverheating
  • Loose Connections
  • Faulty Wiring
  • Rusted Wires
  • Hot Spots
  • Arcing

Untreated, aluminum wiring issues can create dangerous problems for your home. Nipper Electric knows how to work with Aluminum wiring in a way that is fast, efficient and won’t break your budget.

Increased Electrical Use

One of the main causes for electrical issues during summer is the increased electrical load needed to run the home. As air conditioners come on and computers and devices are being used more often the electrical demand increases. Your panel can start to overload quickly. Signs of an overloaded panel include:

  • Power Outages
  • Buzzing Sounds
  • Flickering Lights
  • Sparks from Plugs
  • Overheated Plugs, Switches, Outlets, Cords
  • Repeated Tripped Breakers

Panels can be upgraded to carry the necessary load, an additional panel can be added for new loads or loads can be decreased with energy efficient options. You can also look into adding additional receptacles with USB ports to help carry the extra electrical demand. Nipper Electric can help you find the perfect solution to your panel problems.

Your home or business is a vital part of your life. At Nipper Electric, we treat your home like our own. We take great care to help you solve all of your electrical issues so your family or staff can stay safe. Don’t hesitate to call us at 757-842-1710 if you have experienced any of the issues above. You can even make an appointment online while you work or play. Our experienced and licensed staff will work with you to keep your home cool and safe all summer long.