3 most common electrical problems in your home

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A short-term rental property’s electricity is more than a matter of convenience – it’s a necessity. When a short-term rental property is left to deal with electrical issues, they’re presented with a complex network of wires, hazardous charges, and the threat of being left in the dark (literally). It can be difficult to diagnose electrical problems in the short-term rental property with wires running through the entirety of the property, or even inconsistent electrical performances. One room may light up perfectly with the flip of a switch, while others have broken switches or a host of common wiring issues. If you’re experiencing electrical problems in your short-term rental property – don’t worry. Chances are that you’re experiencing the same electrical faults in your property as millions of others.

Here are three of the most common short-term rental property electrical problems experienced by rental property owners. You know you’re in good company when:

You Have Circuit Breaker Problems

A short-term rental property’s circuit breaker is its first defense against damages caused by overloads or short-circuiting. The circuit breaker is designed to interrupt current flow when a fault is detected – which means it’s designed to tell you when there’s an electrical problem afoot. A circuit breaker that trips occasionally is doing its job in preventing overheating and fires from overloads, but a breaker that trips repeatedly means that there are bigger problems at hand. A perpetually tripping breaker is not only a problem on its own, but an indicator of other electrical problems in the short-term rental property.

Don’t panic yet. If your circuit breaker trips and there’s no storm wreaking havoc outside, assess your electricity usage. Maybe it’s a busy Sunday and the game is playing on the big screen while your guest reheat some wings, do some laundry, and have the dishwasher running. Using multiple large appliances at once can push the amount of current flowing past a safe capacity – tripping the breaker.

If you know it’s not multiple number of high voltage appliances or some other obvious factor overloading your circuit breaker on a routine basis, it’s time to request a licensed electrician to come inspect your short-term rental property for signs of bad wiring, ground faults, and other more complex electrical problems.

Your Electricity Surges, Sags, or Dips 

Despite their conflicting definitions, surges are closely related to sags and dips in electrical power. A surge is what happens when there is a spike in charge within power lines, which increases the current to your short-term rental property’s outlets. Surges often result in the rapid on-off of appliances like televisions. Repeated exposure to a surge can damage electronics and drastically reduce their lifespan. Surges sometimes cannot be helped, as they’re caused by lightning strikes, electric company slip-ups, or damaged power lines. Use surge protectors to defend your appliances against surge-related damage. If your appliances still surge regularly, have an electrician come out to inspect and correct the problem.

Sags and dips are closely related to surges – they’re in the same family of problems but they make it a point to behave differently. Sags and dips create “brown-outs” – sporadic drops in electrical voltage that quickly dim the lights and regain their brightness. Have you ever had to stop in the middle of a conversation because you couldn’t tell if you just blinked or if the power went out? That’s a brown-out. Appliances big and small can both cause electrical sags and dips, especially if they’re plugged into a faulty outlet or drawing too much power from an outdated electrical panel.

Your Short-term rental property Has Scarce or Dead Outlets 

If your short-term rental property has too few electrical outlets, the problem is bigger than whether or not you can charge your phone and use it from the couch at the same time. A scarcity in outlets can lead to the overloading of existing outlets and rapidly tripping circuits. Short-term rental property’s that don’t have enough outlets to accommodate the needs of the short-term rental property-owner can lead to a dangerous dependence on extension cords and increased probability of experiencing frequent surges. If your short-term rental property has too few outlets, a temporary solution is to use a heavy-duty extension cord or UL-listed surge protector to extend cord range while you wait for a qualified electrician to install new outlets.

Dead outlets are not to be meddled with. When an outlet stops working, it means that at some point they either burned out or fell victim to faulty wiring. In any case, forcing a “dead” outlet to work could spark a fire and severely damage your short-term rental property. A dead outlet can manifest in either one or both plugs not working at the outlet – and should be immediately replaced by an electrician. In addition to their potential safety hazards, dead outlets present the same usage problems as scarce outlets – short-term rental property-owners will try to compensate by overloading the ones that do work. Don’t put your short-term rental property or electrical framework at risk. Hire a professional to fix your outlets so you can use your appliances safely, whenever and wherever you want.

You see, you’re not alone in your experiences with these residential electrical problems. These are just a few of the many common electrical problems experienced by short-term rental property-owners and property managers. It’s important to remember that “common” doesn’t mean “simple” when seeking electrical solutions. The Mendbnb makes it fast and easy to access a network of licensed electricians ready to diagnose and fix your electrical problems. For more information about finding an electrician to fix your electrical problems in as little as 30 minutes, reach out to the Mendbnb team today!

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