10 Most Common Electrical Issues in Indian Homes and The Solutions for Them
Did you know that poor or outdated electrical infrastructure may be the main reason behind the frequent electrical issues you witness in your home? Most circuits in use today were not designed for powering the newer electronic appliances and equipment. Which, in turn, has led to further strain on electrical infrastructure in older homes. So, if you are witnessing frequent fuse breakdowns, flickering and other electrical problems, it is perhaps time to have a look at your home’s electrical system.
In today’s post, we are sharing 10 common electrical issues faced by Indian homeowners and how to resolve them.
- Power Surges: In most cases we know that electrical surges are caused by lightning strikes and that is the reason why we make provisions for earthing. However, poor wiring can also cause power surges. While these surges barely last for a microsecond or two, the damage they can cause to home appliances and electronic equipment can be irreparable. Frequent surges lead to degradation of electronic circuitry as well. Get your home’s wiring checked by a qualified electrician to iron out faults in the wiring.
- Power Dips: Power dips usually occur when low quality materials are used in the electrical setup. For example, aluminium wires are of inferior quality and draw more power from the grid. This leads to power dips when new appliances are connected to the home’s power circuit. So, make sure that you are using high-quality electrical components like copper wires and premium switches and wall sockets.
- Power Overload: It occurs when you use electronic equipment which is of a higher wattage than the recommended wattage for a fixture or wall outlet. The higher power draw generates heat and may end up damaging the connection permanently. Not unplugging the fixture timely may also result in electrical fire. Therefore, it is always recommended that you check your home fixtures for wattage capacity before buying things like bulbs, fans, heaters etc.
- Non-working Switches: These are a common problem in Indian homes. So much so that generally you see a lot of electrical switches installed on a board which are just there to be used as replacements for faulty switches in the future. However, the actual fault here is in the quality of electrical switches being used. The spring mechanisms in low-quality switches often becomes faulty after a set number of clicks whereas high-quality switches are tested for providing durable performance for years to come. So, if you have non-working switches and sockets in your home, it is time to have them replaced with high-quality modular switches and wall sockets. For options, you can check out Honeywell’s premium electricals here.
- Flickering Lights: These are caused by frayed wiring and can be corrected with a call to the electrician. If you have outdoor lights which flicker when its windy, have the electrician secure them with weather heads.
- Messy Junction Box: A messy junction box with a lot of wires and fuses is not only a maintenance nightmare but also a safety risk. Get it covered or get a new modular junction box which hides the wires neatly and allows you to have an MCB interface for safer handling.
- MCB Trips: When you are using a high-power consuming device, sometimes the circuit breaker may trip and cause power outage. However, this is not essentially an electrical problem but something which happens for protecting your equipment. Try using low-power settings or plugging the device on a single circuit to rectify the problem.
- Frequent Light Bulb Change: If your light bulbs are going out too frequently then you should check for specified bulb wattage for the switch and socket, insulation source near the bulb, and poor wiring on circuit and mains.
- Wobbly Face Plates: This problem also is generally seen in homes with older electrical setups when wood frames were used for attaching face plates to the wall. Over time, the wood gets damaged after regular maintenance jobs or mostly due to termites. This, in turn, causes the screws to come loose and hence the wobbly plates. Once again, there is a very simple solution. Get the wobbly plates replaced with metal ones with modular switches and sockets and never worry about them again.
- Inverter Compatibility: If you are not getting optimal results from your power inverter and battery setup, perhaps it is time to call a good electrician and have them install an isolator. Isolators ensure that the current is efficiently switched between the power grid and back-up source.
Most electrical problems in our homes can be sorted out with the use of good quality electrical products. Cutting costs in the short-term may lead to higher maintenance costs and equipment damage in the long run. So, always buy certified electrical products to ensure the safety of your home.