It is a fact that in the months when there is rain, lightning, and thunder, our concern regarding problems and electric solutions. These devices are expensive and we don’t want to be vulnerable to electrical problems.
But did you know that electronic devices are susceptible to risks related to disturbances in the electrical network of your home every day? Yes, even in the months where there is no incidence of storms.
These problems are more common than we think. This is because in addition to the faults that we already know, such as a blackout or power fluctuations, there are other problems in the electrical network that are not so noticeable but that cause damage to equipment.
What are the most common electrical problems?
Subtension: is when the amplitude of the voltage is below normal
Overvoltage: occurs when the amplitude of the voltage is higher than normal.
Noise: is the interference that arises from external loads and pollutes the electrical network. These disorders cause premature wear of the electrical components, reducing the useful life of the equipment and also causing blockage and malfunction.
Picos or transients: they are sudden and short-term rises in voltage. These can cause immediate burning of equipment and, in some cases, smoke or fire.
Blackout: is the absence of energy supply. It is a situation that you probably already know, when the power in your house suddenly went out and forced you to stop what you were doing and wait a few minutes, maybe hours, for the restoration of electrical power. Blackouts can also lead to the total loss of important data and information.
These are the 5 main and most common electrical problems, they can be caused by a series of variables, such as: natural events (storms or lightning), accidents (falling trees or poles), defects or maintenance of equipment at the dealership or distribution of energy, overload in the electrical network or diversion of load and deficient or inadequate electrical infrastructure.
Now that you know the main risks to which your electronic devices are subject and how they can lead to large losses, you may wonder how you can protect your equipment.
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What tools do you need to get the job done?
As with any other troubleshooting task, you need the right tools. When it comes to troubleshooting power quality problems, these tools may not be what you think. First of all, you need a good set of up-to-date schemes. Second, a power quality analyzer to measure and record the specific parameters associated with power quality. Other tools, such as a data logger, thermal imager, infrared thermometer, and recording digital multimeter can also help with troubleshooting.
How to detect and fix electrical problems at home
If you don’t know, don’t touch
Golden Rule. Speaking of electricity, the risk of something going wrong and causing personal and property damage is very great. That is why a careful and experienced execution is necessary to leave everything flawless for a long time.
Determine if the problem is internal or external
There is no electricity? Every now and then, power outages come from outside the house, and it can make you think that something is just wrong with yours. First, check if this is the case (you can call your power company or check with your neighbors).
If it is an external problem, never try to solve it yourself . It is the responsibility of the electric company to carry out any type of repair in public spaces, in addition to a potentially much greater risk for you to handle this type of material with more power.
Before operating, make sure you have disconnected the electricity to the house
Go to the electrical panel (usually at the entrance of the house) and turn down the main switch. This will ensure that you don’t get a shock when operating any cables. When you have finished, remember to turn up the main switch again and check if, when connecting the repaired parts, there is no problem or the automatic jump when detecting a fault.
When you detect a recurring problem, attack directly the source of the problem with the help of a professional. You will save yourself headaches, money in probate repairs, and the real dangers of a facility with weak points.