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Top 3 Winter Electrical Problems 

Your Home Could Have  


As the winter season approaches, it’s important to be aware of the potential electrical problems that can occur in your home. Winter weather can cause your breakers to trip, lights to flicker, or even cause permanent damage to the electrical wiring in your home. If you experience any of these problems, it’s best to call an experienced electrician for help. Here’s what to know:

Power Outages Caused By High Winds

One of the most common winter electrical problems is power outages caused by high winds. Strong winds can knock down power lines, or trees can be knocked into power lines, causing an outage. Depending on the cause of the outage, it may take several hours or days to restore your power. If you experience a power outage, the first thing you should do is call your power company to make a report. Then, follow any guidance they give for action you may need to take.

Breaker Trips & Flickering Lights Caused By Space Heaters

Space heaters are frequently used to supplement home HVAC systems, but they can put a significant strain on your electrical system, causing circuit breakers to trip.

When your home’s electrical system is overloaded, this can also cause your lights to flicker. If you notice your lights flickering, be sure to turn off any unnecessary appliances and lights until the problem is resolved. If you have a circuit breaker that trips frequently, it’s a good idea to have an electrician check your system to ensure it can handle the additional power requirements that a space heater presents.

Damage to Poorly Insulated Wiring

Finally, another common issue presented by winter weather is damage to poorly insulated wiring. When wires are not properly insulated, ice can form on them, leading to electrical shorts and other problems. When it comes to electrical work, you should err on the side of caution. If you suspect your wiring may be damaged, there’s an increased risk of fire or electrocution, so don’t try to repair it yourself. Instead, call a professional electrician to come and take a look.

When to Call An Experienced Electrician

As winter approaches, it’s important to be aware of the potential electrical problems that can arise in your home due to cold weather. From power outages to flickering lights, cold weather can cause a variety of issues that are inconvenient or may even damage your home.

Consider having an electrician check your wiring and system capacity before the heating season gets well underway. This can help you prevent issues before they ever become a problem, potentially getting you through the entire season without needing maintenance or repairs.

If you’re experiencing any electrical problems this winter, Costas Hatzis Electric can help. We’re a veteran family-owned group of electricians that offers comprehensive service to the greater Boston metropolitan area and surrounding locations in New England.

Contact us today to learn more about preparing your electrical system for the winter, or to book a time for us to come to your home for a repair or quote. Call now at (617) 767-1247 to speak with one of our team members.