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Troubleshooting Electrical Issues

San Gabriel Renter Using a Power StripIf you are coming across electrical issues in your San Gabriel rental property, you may be thinking about what, if anything, you can do in regard to it. Even supposing plenty of major electrical problems are best left to the professionals to set right, there is a small number of things that you can try to troubleshoot a handful of the more common issues with your household electrical system. By administering these proven courses of action, you can better ascertain the problem and what you should do to address it.

Visual Inspection

If you have an appliance, lamp, or electrical device that stops working, the first thing to do is to check the outlet and the electrical cord for signs of damage. From time to time, a power outlet will malfunction and go dead. There may be perceptible markings of impairment or damage, like discoloration. In the same vein, take into account to check out all plugs and cords for breaks, fraying, and other damage. If either the outlet or the cord is damaged, it’s time to change them.

Try a Different Outlet

If your outlet and power cord look good, your next tactic is to try plugging your lamp or device into a different outlet. It’s relevant to determine whether the outlet or the electrical item is the reason for the problem. If you plug your device into a different outlet (preferably one in a different room) and it works quite well, then you know exactly that the outlet is the main issue.

Reset the GFCI

Among the most common reasons an outlet will stop working is because it is connected to a GFCI outlet that has tripped a circuit. The majority 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 whole circuit is to be found on a GFCI outlet, generally positioned in your bathroom or kitchen, but every once in a while in a more obscure location like the garage or laundry room. You may need to check around to find it, but once you do, resetting a GFCI outlet is a very easy and convenient fix for a dead outlet.

Check the Breaker Panel

Now and again, the reason for the trouble isn’t the outlets themselves but a bad circuit breaker. You can, in most cases know which breaker has gone bad by examining your home’s breaker panel. A lot of breaker panels have clearly labeled circuits, naming which ones are connected to which areas of the house. In this instance, sometimes just flipping the breaker off and then back on can address the issue. In other cases, the breaker itself may be bad or have a loose connection. In such an instance, then the breaker needs to be replaced.

Call Your Landlord

Heedless of what kind of electrical issue you face, make sure to call your landlord and tell them both what the problem is and what you’ve done to troubleshoot it. In the majority of cases, it may just be a call to plainly tell them that you had an issue that you resolved after doing the actions above. But, if these types of things crop up all the time, that may be a sign of impending bigger electrical problems. If you’ve completed some troubleshooting and still have non-working outlets, your landlord will need to call in a professional electrician to see and check everything over. Whichever the case, good communication with your San Gabriel property manager is an efficient way to get electrical issues fixed and resolved.

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