5 Most Commonly Asked Electrical Questions Around Your Home

Electrical Questions

Regardless of whether you are a skilled electrician or a home do it – yourself, it is not surprising for you to have some basic electrical wiring questions. These may come up regarding a rewiring job you are doing or you may contemplate whether the wiring is to be faulted if there are issues with the electrical hardware in your home. 

At Southcan Electric, we need to ensure that our customers have much information about the work that we do as could be expected, so they can settle on better decisions concerning the wellbeing and nature of their homes. Responding to questions is never an issue, yet we generally need to ensure that information that could secure your house is effectively available. 

The interesting thing about electrics is that we never truly stress over it until it glitches. We don’t mull overturning on a PC, TV, or light. Rather we anticipate that it should work and multiple times out of a hundred, it does. That said electrical breakdowns can and do occur, yet when they do it’s generally a result of an underlying reason, ordinarily your wiring. 

As per the Electrical Safety Foundation International, home electrical fires represent 51,000 fires every year and more than $1.3 billion in property damage costs. Lamentably, a significant number of the issues in your home can be straightforwardly identified with electrical issues. 

Therefore, we have ordered this rundown of the 5 most usually common electrical inquiries that we get from customers with respect to home electricity.

Expert Tip: Anytime you are dealing with wiring or anything electrical, make sure you turn off the circuit or breaker first.

  1. Why is our electrical bill always so high?

Most of the wiring in older homes were not set up to deal with modern technology. A considerable lot of the gadgets you are utilizing in your home might not have even been around when the wiring was introduced. Along these lines, you might be seing raises in your utility bills as your home attempts to overcompensate. To hold your energy utilization down, consistently unplug gadgets you’re not using  (like phone chargers) and be aware of the gadgets you do have connected to your outlets. Never overpower your outlet with various plug extensions. 

  • Decreasing the expense of your electrical bill could include: 
  • Changing to a more effective provider
  • Distinguishing electrical gadgets that might be causing power surges
  • Fixing spills in the hot water system
  • Unplugging machines and chargers when not being used 
  • Repairing harmed wiring or circuits
  1. What is “Short-Circuit?”

In most electrical systems, there is a hot wire that conveys the electrical flow. A short circuit happens when this wire gets grounded. This can occur if a wire gets frayed, loose, or uncovered, making the power redirect from its assigned way. Short circuits can produce heat and spark and are commonly perilous, yet an updated electrical framework will make the breaker trip when these issues happen. 

A short circuit can happen for a variety of reasons, including: 

A fault with the insulation – if the circuit wire protection is defective, the flow would then be able to pass to the neutral wire, causing a flood in power and a short circuit.  The circuit wire protection can be adversely affected by age and use, just as screws and nails, and creatures like rodents. 

A fault with the connections – a circuit needs solid connectors to keep the current streaming. On the off chance that the connector is loose, power will have the option to pass to either a neutral wire or a grounded piece of the circuit, causing a short circuit.

A deficiency with the appliance – when you plug a machine into the circuit, it turns into a circuit augmentation. What’s more, if the wiring is defective, this can short the entire circuit in your property.

  1. For what reason Do My Lights Flicker? 

In the event that your lights are habitually flickering all through your home or simply in a solitary installation, you should call your Winnipeg electrician. In many cases, lights glint on account of an obsolete electrical framework, and your electrical board or wiring should be replaced.  In different cases, it tends to be a loose wire, deficient power supply, or another machine on a circuit drawing an excessive amount of power. 

Overlamping is the point at which a light installation has a bulb fastened that is a higher wattage than it should, and it tends to be profoundly hazardous. The bulb’s serious warmth can consume or soften the attachment and protection on the fixture wiring, which causes an expanded danger of arcing – sparkles jumping around your wires – the main source of electrical flames. Harm can stay to a socket even after you change the bulb to the right wattage. 

Regardless, it is ideal to have the issue analyzed by a licensed electrician. This may likewise be the explanation that you need to change bulbs much of the time. Continuously stay inside the proposed wattage range for your lights. In the event that the wattage isn’t recorded, then your most ideal choice is likely to utilize a 60-watt bulb or lower.

4. How do I know if my electrical wiring connection is good or faulty wiring?

Some electrical associations are acceptable… others not really! Product makers may give you a choice of connection points that incorporate switches and outlets. You might have the option to find out which will be the smartest decision by exploring and utilizing the presence of mind. 

Whatever you do, be careful with loose associations that can make gadgets heat up and bring about an electrical fire. Make a free from any and all secure connection that will keep going quite a while.

5. How often should homeowners have their home electrics checked out? 

Giving the electrical wiring is generally new and your outing switches, attachments, and lights appear to be OK, at that point you should look at getting your electrics expertly checked around once every 3-5 years. Notwithstanding If you’ve as of late added a ton of machines and you see lights diminishing at that point, get it pays to decide in favor of alert and check out sooner rather than later.


Think of safety! Look to fit circuit breakers or surge protectors, certainly on the primary circuit however in a perfect world they ought to be on each and every plug socket.  Ensure that you introduce a smoke alarm system and verify that your house is appropriately grounded. 

On the off chance that electrical issues are continuous around your home, you ought to consider reaching out to a professional Winnipeg electrician. Security around the house is central, so don’t leave anything to change. Connect with an expert, like your local Winnipeg electrician, Southcan Electric Ltd, to help determine the issues to have your home electricals checked for peace of mind and safety assurance.

In the event that you might want to discover more responses to regularly posed electrical inquiries, or you are keen about our electrical services,  please contact Southcan Electric Ltd at 204.230.3217, or fill out our contact form on our website.

In case you’re ever uncertain about the electrical security of any part of your home, Southcan Electric Ltd is here to help. We want to answer any of your electrical security questions and needs whether it’s having an electrical review done by one of our licensed electricians or a simple rewiring. Your safety is our priority.