We know that some homeowners like to take matters into their own hands. That’s why we’ve listed some electrical repairs you can do yourself if you have a basic knowledge of how electricity works.
Repair a loose electrical outlet
If your electrical outlet is moving around in its housing, the electrical wires can come loose and pose a safety hazard. To fix this, turn off the power and use a voltage tester to make sure there is no current flowing in the outlet. If it is safe to do so, unscrew the cover plate and the outlet. Then screw the outlet back into the receptacle and reinstall the cover plate.
Find an electrical short
If you turn on an electrical device and have a short in the circuit, reset the breaker and try the device again. If it happens again, you know it’s the device.
Disconnect all devices that have cords and plugs that can be easily removed. Then try turning on the circuit to see if the short has been fixed. If all known equipment has been disconnected and the short is still present, make sure the problem circuit is completely turned off by switching the breaker to the off position or removing the fuse from the main electrical panel if it has not already been done.
Repairing an extension cord end
If you have a heavy-duty extension cord, you know they aren’t cheap. Fortunately, it’s pretty easy to repair a cord that’s been cut or damaged near the plug. First, cut off the old plug and then cut back the insulating jacket (to do this, make a slight incision lengthwise and carefully score it until you can pull off the jacket). Strip the insulation from each wire using wire strippers and the correct gauge, then twist the wires tightly. Screw them into the back of the plug (black wire to the gold screw, white wire to the silver screw, green wire to the green screw). Close the plug and secure the wires, depending on the type of plug you have.
Repairing an electric stove
If you’ve turned on your stove lately and find that one of the burners isn’t heating up, it could be due to several things: a faulty burner, a faulty switch, or a bad plug connection. To find out what the problem is, first try replacing the burner with a working one.
If that burner doesn’t work either, examine the socket. If the socket looks corroded or charred, unplug it and replace the socket with a new one. Simply unscrew the socket from the stove, disconnect the wires, and connect the wires to the new socket. Then simply screw the new socket into the stove.
Call the Emergency Electrician in Sheffield, if you can’t fix your electrical problems by yourself. After your call, we send in a short time the right electrician. Our Customer Service is 24 hours available. You can contact us also during weekends. Furthermore, the electricians are licenced and professionals.