By Candice Hubbard
Every day all of us wake up in the morning and almost immediately begin to use the various electrical appliances in our home. The coffee maker, the can opener, the vacuum, etc. When one of these breaks down it’s a major inconvenience, and we might be tempted to solve the problem by fixing the appliance ourselves. There are many valid reasons why you shouldn’t do this unless you are trained for this type of work. Electrical repair companies like Static Electrics can verify this fact. Here are some things not to do when attempting to repair electrical appliances.
No electrical appliance, for example the can opener, should be sitting in a puddle of water when you attempt to repair it. Nor should the electrical cord be dangling in water. If this is the case, do not plug the appliance in, and don’t try to make any repairs whatsoever until it has thoroughly dried. The same applies to using any electrical appliance when your hands are wet, or if God forbid, you are standing in any water. Water is deadly when it comes to electrical appliances, like the old don’t drop your hair dryer in the bathtub warning. Remember that electrical appliances and water never mix.
If the cover on the electrical outlet is loose, then you shouldn’t plug anything into it until you tighten it with a screwdriver. If the prongs on the cord are loose, don’t put the cord into the electrical outlet. You may not be able to pull it out again, and you could get a nasty shock when you try. And a good rule to follow is that whenever you plug in one of your electrical appliances, only pull the cord out by the pronged end rather than by yanking on the body of the cord. This could result in the end of the cord getting left in the socket. If this should ever happen, never under any circumstances touch the end still attached to the electrical outlet, unless you have made certain that the electricity is turned off.
Sparks can be a sign of an electrical short, and when they occur during the use of an electrical appliance, you should immediately shut that appliance off and cease using it until you have called a repairman. A company like Static Electrics or any other must send someone out to have a look at the problem. Do not try to fix the problem yourself because you could actually be electrocuted while doing so. Also, sparks are usually an indication that something pretty serious is wrong, and you shouldn’t take any unnecessary risks. You’re too important to your family to lose your life over trying to repair an electrical appliance.
It can be tempting to want to do all of the repairs around your home. Not only does it save money, but time as well when you are able to repair things for yourself. But electricity can be very dangerous, and there is always a certain amount of risk associated with it even when making the smallest of repairs to a home appliance. So be careful, and if you aren’t sure what you are doing, leave the repair work to the experts.
Candice Hubbard has had a long career in the field of electrical appliance repair, working with Static Electrics Brisbane, statielectricsbrisbane.com.au. As a result she had gained much expertise in dealing with electricity in its many shapes and forms, and earned the right to be called an expert in her field.