Safety within the workplace is and should be a priority for both the employer and the employee. An electrical accident could result in irreparable consequences. The electrical system in your business poses many hazards. By knowing the signs that it is time to upgrade the electrical system in your business, you can minimize or avoid the consequences associated with its failure and/or accidents that may occur due to malfunction. These include serious injuries, property damage, and even death.
So what are the signs that it’s time to upgrade the electrical system in your Business?
1. Flickering and/or Dimming Lights
If the lights in your business are either flickering or dimming, it may be time for an electrical system upgrade. This typically indicates that the load on the circuit is increased, the wiring cannot handle the demands that the lighting is placing upon it, and that overheating may be occurring in your wiring or your receptacles. At the minimum, a qualified electrician should be called in and the panel and wiring should be evaluated that is part of your electrical system.
2. Aged Building
If your business is in an aged building of – let’s say – 30 years old or older, it may be time for an electrical upgrade. Technology has advanced significantly over the past three decades. In turn, it places a higher demand on your electrical system. If you find that when you plug in or use certain appliances or systems that you experience complications, it could be time for an upgrade. A commercial electrician will be able to come in, evaluate your needs, and determine what updates are required for your business.
3. Circuit Breakers Constantly Trip
One of the most common signs that it is time for an electrical system update in a business is that the circuit breakers in your business keep tripping. This indicates an issue with the circuit. It could be something as simple as a shorted-out circuit in an appliance or as complicated as a short circuit within the wiring. Additionally, a ground fault could be the cause of the tripping that is occurring. The circuit breaker could be the incorrect size for the amperage or the circuit breaker box could be failing. Regardless, constantly tripping circuit breakers should be dealt with immediately.
4. Dead Outlets and/or Switches
If you notice dead outlets or switches throughout your business, it could be a sign that your electrical system needs to be updated. If these components suddenly die – without prior warning – it could be that there is a poor connection somewhere within the system. In most instances, this is caused by wires that have come loose or are broken. The same holds true for dead switches. Both are powered in the same manner. If you need to have outlets replaced, go through your business and check all of the switches, too. Chances are, you will need to replace a couple of those, too.
5. Popping Light Bulbs
Have you noticed your lights becoming exceptionally bright or very dim? Do you hear noises stemming from your light bulbs that are out of the ordinary? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, it is time to consult with a commercial electrician for evaluation of your electrical system. In most instances, this could be a bad neutral connection. If left unchecked, it could result in appliances and other electrical equipment to die – all of which could prove exceptionally costly to your business.
6. Loose Plugs
As your outlets age, the frequent plugging and unplugging has the potential to result in the deterioration of the outlet. In turn, this could result in loose plugs. You will know that it is loose because the plug will wiggle within the socket or it will fall out when touched ever so lightly. If you have any loose plugs, it is important that you unplug everything from the unit and call an electrician to have it replaced. Each year, approximately 4,000 injuries occur due to outlet issues. Failing to replace worn out plugs in the workplace could result in costly injuries. In some instances, this issue could result in the development of a fire and even death.
7. Burning Smells
If you notice a burning smell, something may be wrong with your electrical system. You should immediately contact an emergency electrician to evaluate the situation. In most instances, this stems from a circuit that is overloaded or from a wire that is damaged. To ensure the safety of your business, turn off the main power source at your breaker box and only turn it back on when the electrician states that it is safe to do so. If a fire develops, never use water on an electrical fire. Instead use a class C fire extinguisher. You may also throw baking soda or a heavy blanket on the flames.
8. Old Fuse Box/ Breaker Box
If your business has an old, outdated fuse box, have it replaced as quickly as possible. Degradation of the box and its associated components could result in malfunctions. Today’s appliances, electronics, and machines typically require modern fuse boxes or breaker boxes to provide the power that is necessary to reduce strain. If you are operating a business in today’s world, it is imperative that you update your fuse box or breaker box. It is important to note that if your box has to be updated, other components of your electrical system will need to be updated, too.
As you can see from the information contained here, there are many signs that may indicate that the electrical system in your business needs to be updated. We here at Hardcore Electric specialize in assisting businesses in upgrades, replacements, retrofits, and more. In addition to commercial electrician work, we also specialize in both residential and industrial electrical work. If you are interested in learning more about that which we offer, we encourage you to give us a call today to make an inquiry. If you are ready for an electrical system upgrade, you may contact us to schedule at: 720-841-3897