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3 Things Every Homeowner Should Know when the power goes out

When the power goes out unexpectedly it can put a real damper on your day. Whether you’re in the middle of watching your favorite show or trying to finish some work at home, an electric outage is never fun.

Don’t worry – there are three simple ways that homeowners can reset their power and get back up and running in no time.

In this blog post, we’ll cover what these power resets are, how they work, and why every homeowner should know them. So if you want to be prepared and not have to scramble around looking for help every time the electricity cuts off- then keep reading!

The first step is to identify the problem

If you are experiencing a power outage in your home, the first step is to identify the problem. Is the problem with you home or in the neighborhood where you live?

If it’s just in your home then there are three main things that you can check. It may be as simple as resetting the main breaker, a breaker, or a GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter) .

the next step is to reset

Main Breaker

The main breaker is the most important breaker in your home. It is responsible for supplying power to the entire home. If there is an issue with the main breaker, it can cause power outages throughout the entire home. It is important to make sure that the main breaker is in good condition and is working properly. If there are any issues with the main breaker, it is important to have it fixed as soon as possible.

For the main breaker, you will need to locate the main breaker panel and find the main breaker. It will be in the “off” position. Move the breaker to the “on” position and wait a few seconds for the power to come back on.

Once the rest has been completed then you should be back to normal.

If it will not stay in the “on” position it’s best to consult with a professional electrician to avoid further damage.

Circuit Breaker

If it is a breaker that has tripped or shut off, you will need to find the specific breaker that has tripped off and reset it. It will be in the “off” position. Move it to the “on” position and wait for the power to come back on.

It’s important to know how to reset a breaker if it goes out, especially if you’re not familiar with the wiring in your home.

Once the rest has been completed then you should be back to normal.

If you are not able to reset a tripped a breaker, it’s best to consult with a professional electrician to avoid further damage.

GFCI (GFI)

GFCI’s are generally located in either the bathroom, kitchen or for exterior plugs. A GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) outlet is designed to protect you from electrical shocks. If there’s a problem with the wiring, the GFCI outlet will automatically shut off the power.

If it is a GFCI outlet that has gone out, you will need to reset it. Unplug all of the appliances from that outlet and then reset the GFCI outlet. There is usually a little reset button right on the outlet.

Once the rest has been completed then you should be back to normal.

If you are not able to reset a GFCI outlet, it’s best to consult with a professional electrician to avoid further damage.

Still no power

If the main breaker, circuit breaker or the GFCI wont reset or just trips again, it’s important to contact a professional electrician as soon as possible. A qualified electrician can diagnose and fix any wiring issues that may be causing the problem. Additionally, an electrician can make sure that all of your home’s outlets are up to code and safe.

Conclusion

Knowing how to reset breakers and GFCI outlets in your home is important information to have. By following these steps, you will be able to quickly and easily reset the power in your home with minimal inconvenience. And you will save yourself money by avoiding a service call.

However, if these steps do not work, it is important to contact a professional electrician as soon as possible. They will be able to diagnose and fix any wiring issues that may be causing the power outages in your home.

Thank you for reading!

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