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Winter Brings Electrical Woes

Winter Brings Electrical Woes

Professional Electricians Will Protect Homes from These Woes

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For Virginia Beach residents, winter can be a difficult time to lose power or have electrical problems. Cold temperatures, snow, and ice turn a minor inconvenience into a serious danger. Nipper Electric wants to keep you safe and warm. Our staff of licensed electricians can handle any job. Our services include:

  • Panel Upgrades
  • Aluminum Wiring
  • Carbon Monoxide Smoke Detectors
  • Receptacle Repair & Installation
  • Generator Installations
  • Electrical Troubleshooting
  • Electrical Inspections

The Nipper Electric team has the experience to handle any problem, big or small. We want to try to stop your electrical worries before they start. Here are a few common winter problems to fix right away.

Electric Let Downs

Is your electric starting to let you down? Is it sparking, flickering or have outlets that have just plain stopped working in cold weather? These problems can be easily solved with help from a trusted professional electrician. Electrical problems in the winter come from a mixture of issues.

  • Wire Deteriorates – Mixed wires can oxidize over time. The oxidation causes wires to disconnect.
  • Cold Weather Creep- Under cold weather, these wires contract They begin to creep.  Creeping shrinks the wires away from their connections.
  • Damaged Weather Heads- Colder weather can damage your weather-heads. Fallen branches, iced wires, frayed wires can make your weather-head start to falter. If your weather-head is starting to fail, your home won’t be far behind.

All of these things lead to fraying and dangerous sparking. A trusted electrician can fix these issues easily. Nipper Electric can save your home from fire and your wallet from more expensive problems.

Panels Maxed Out

short electrical pannelOur electrical panels work hardest in the winter months. Lights com one earlier, heat is turned up and more devices are used as we cuddle up indoors. Every panel has a maximum amount of power it can handle. This is called its electrical load and is measured in amps. Once a panel reaches its maximum electrical load, the panel will start to falter. An overloaded panel can ruin circuits or start a fire in your home. Nipper Electric offers several services to help with your electrical panel:

  • Electrical Panel Inspection
  • Amp Usage Measurement
  • Updating Panels
  • Adding Panels
  • Wiring Inspection
  • Rewiring Worn Circuits

Generate Your Own Power

Generators are a great addition to any home. They can ensure continued power in emergencies and cold weather. If you don’t already own a generator, consider installing one right away. If you do own a generator, be sure to have annual maintenance and inspection performed on it annually.  Cracks or seepage from a generator can be dangerous.

Breathe Easy

The most dangerous winter problem is a silent one. Smoke and Carbon Monoxide poisoning are deadly. They also occur more during winter months due to increased use of fireplaces, heaters, and generators. A simple installation of a Carbon Monoxide Smoke Detector can save a life. A professional licensed electrician will know where and how to correctly install these detectors.

Winter Can Be Wonderful

kids playing with snow slideEven with cooler weather and these challenges, winter can still be a wonderful time of year. It is often a time of year we slow down and spend time with family and friends. Don’t let the common winter electrical problems stop you. Nipper Electric can tackle any job, big or small. Call us today at 757-842-1710, or make an appointment online. We’ll keep your home warm and safe.