While we are not electrical experts, this does not mean that we can just leave details regarding the electrical systems of our homes just to the professionals. Be it during emergencies, or even when buying or selling homes, a wee bit of technical know-how with regards to electrical systems goes a long way.
Therefore, there are some things that would help the emergency electrician in Northern Beaches, when you call him up for whatever reason to your beach house, if you knew beforehand. Basically, there are three things you should be able to answer with regards to your home’s electrical system:
- 110 volt? 220 volt?
Basically, this means whether your home has a 110 volt service or a 220 volt service. If your home was built recently, then most definitely, you have a 220 volt service. You can make sure by checking how many volt wires (each being of 110 volts) run to your home – if there are two, then you have got a 220 volt service; if it’s just one, then you have a 110 volt service.
What difference does the presence of a 220 volt service make? Simply, this decides whether you can use certain electrical appliances or not. For example, powerful electrical appliances like hair dryers and air conditioning systems require a 220 volt service (or at least, the newest models do). If you have a 110 volt service, you won’t be able to use some of the models of these electrical appliances or any model at all.
- Main panel?
You need to know where the main panel is in your home when your emergency electrician from Northern Beaches asks. The main panel is where all electrical circuits in the home connect to. It’s usually located close to where the electric power enters your home, and it is a panel consisting of either fuses or circuit breakers. This is another point you should be knowledgeable about. Older homes usually have fuses, while newer built ones have circuit breakers (which don’t burn out and need replacements when the electrical system gets overloaded).
The main panel is responsible for the electrical power being supplied to your home; through it you can completely switch off the power in your home, or even partially switch off the power to a part of your home.
- Are the outlets grounded, or not?
This is another very simple thing. If you notice, the electrical outlets around your home, will have either two or three holes. In the case of them having three holes, it means the outlets are grounded – that is, they protect against possible electrical shocks. Again, if the home is newly built, the outlets will most definitely be grounded (according with modern laws and regulations); if your home is old, then you might have two prong outlets (in which case, upgrading to grounded outlets might be a good choice)