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Troubleshooting Electrical Issues

Lehi Renter Using a Power StripIf you are meeting electrical issues in your Lehi rental property, you may be considering what, if anything at all, you can do with respect to it. Even though various major electrical problems are best left to the professionals to resolve, there are quite a few things that you can try to troubleshoot some of the more common issues with your household electrical system. Applying these tactics, you can better see the problem and what you should do to fix it.

Visual Inspection

If you have an appliance, lamp, or electrical device that stops operating, the first action to take is to check the outlet and the electrical cord for signs of damage. Once in a while, a power outlet will malfunction and go dead. There may be noticeable indications of damage, particularly discoloration. In a similar way, call to mind to check all plugs and cords for breaks, fraying, and other damage. If either the outlet or the cord is damaged, it’s surely time to replace them.

Try a Different Outlet

If your outlet and power cord looks good, your next approach is to try plugging your lamp or device into a different outlet. It’s imperative to determine whether the outlet or the electrical item is the source of the trouble. If you plug your device into a different outlet (preferably one in a different room) and it works well, then you are certain that the outlet is the main issue.

Reset the GFCI

One of the most common reasons an outlet will stop working is because it is connected to a GFCI outlet that has tripped a circuit. A lot of outlets will have a reset button. If you cannot find it, the reset button will be on another outlet within that circuit. The reset button for the complete circuit is seen on a GFCI outlet, oftentimes situated in your bathroom or kitchen, though now and again in a more obscure location namely the garage or laundry room. You may need to look around a bit to find it, nevertheless, once you do, resetting a GFCI outlet is a hassle-free fix for a dead outlet.

Check the Breaker Panel

Periodically, the root of the problem isn’t the outlets themselves but a bad circuit breaker. You can, in many cases, learn which breaker has gone bad by examining your home’s breaker panel. Plenty of breaker panels have clearly labeled circuits, directing which ones are connected to which areas of the house. In such a case, sometimes easily flipping the breaker off and then back on can fix the issue. In other circumstances, the breaker itself may be bad or have a loose connection. If such is the case, then the breaker ought to be replaced.

Call Your Landlord

Whatever the nature of the electrical issue you undergo, keep in mind to call your landlord and tell them both what the problem is and what you’ve done to troubleshoot it. In a lot of cases, it may be a call to merely tell them that you had an issue that you resolved after heeding the courses of action above. Though if these types of things always occur, that can be a signal for bigger electrical problems. If you’ve done some troubleshooting and still have non-working outlets, your landlord will need to call in a professional electrician to check things out. Either way, good communication with your Lehi property manager is the best thing to get electrical issues totally resolved.

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