What Keeps Electrical Equipment Working?

In the electrical industry, four tenets protect electrical equipment, keeping it safe and functional. Anyone who owns electronics knows this.Regardless of whether it’s a smartphone or a nuclear power generator, the application of certain maintenance rules will ensure a long life and flawless performance of electrical appliances and systems.

The mantra ‘clean, cool, dry and tight’ is borrowed from the folks at Hartford Steam Boiler, who maintain that 67% of all corrosion could be avoided by respecting these tenets. Here is a review of them and their ability to ward off corrosion:

Clean

We remind our customers time and again to replace (or clean) their HVAC filter, empty the lint trap, vacuum the coils, drain the water heater. The cleanliness factor is a big one, and if everyone performed the maintenance on their electrical appliances regularly, the appliance companies would starve. In fact, we actually talked to a cell phone repair guy who said a hefty percentage of his business was simply cleaning the pocket lint out of customers’ cell phone charging ports. Dirt and dust are not electronic friendly. Just ask your laptop or PC.

Cool

Electrical devices need to be kept dry!

Electrical devices need to be kept dry!

Heat kills. Amendment: heat without adequate ventilation kills. For example, heat will kill a battery. Here is something to consider: while you can technically store an electric appliance in a hot environment, it is okay until it has to work in that heat, in which case, the temperature becomes untenable. An example of this is the refrigerator some folks insist on running in their garage. The poor old beast would be much happier in the house, or even left unused and unplugged.

Dry

Moisture kills electrical equipment and electronics. We are so fortunate here in the Phoenix area, Because the humidity which plagues many other areas is a rarity for us. Moisture causes the corrosion which eats away at battery terminals, connections, and your cellphone when it’s dropped in the toilet.

Tight

The fact is, we live in a perpetually moving world. Because of natural vibrations, mechanical changes, expansion and contraction due to temperature changes, wind, load changes due to surges,  etc, electrical connections can and do come loose. Sometimes, it isn’t even enough to keep the electrical component from working entirely; it will merely perform poorly or intermittently. If it’s the neutral wire that comes loose, it can cause a fire. The previously mentioned factors, such as heat and moisture, can also cause electrical components to come loose.

In the end, it usually isn’t one of these cornerstones of electrical safety which causes an appliance or system to fail; it’s a combination.  The educated homeowner, who has an awareness of the underlying causes of electrical failure in appliances and systems, responds more quickly to problems and potential problems than the uninformed.

If you have an electrical problem in your home or business, give us a call. We can troubleshoot and repair just about anything electrical.

Meanwhile--go do your spring electrical maintenance. ;)

Zimmerman Electric is here to serve your residential and commercial electrical needs throughout the Phoenix Valley metro area. Call us today if you need electrical work performed 602-497-3365.