Commercial Electrical Issues: When to Replace

In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the common commercial electrical issues you may face that can often be remedied with a simple repair. There are many such minor issues in a commercial space, and either your own DIY know-how or some simple assistance from our commercial electricians will solve the problem.

At Orange Electric, we’re proud to provide a huge range of commercial electrical services – from basic repairs like those to larger replacement or building projects, such as lighting installations and many other design-build electrical contracting services. What are some situations where commercial electrical areas should be replaced altogether rather than repaired? Today’s entry in our series will go over several.

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Building Age

In many situations with an older building that hasn’t had an electrical retrofit for decades, it simply won’t be able to meet the demand of modern electrical needs. Today’s electrical products often require more power than these systems are set up to provide, plus they will regularly experience outages and other glitches – much more often than newer systems.

In these cases, a simple replacement is usually much more cost-effective than making the same repair over and over. This is especially true if you have regular power issues when plugging in certain appliances.

Smoke and Outlets

We mentioned fire risks in part one as they pertain to warmth near light switches or on walls, and an even riskier situation is if you smell smoke or burning in your outlet areas. This often signals a wire or circuit that needs replacement but will pose significant danger until that point – after calling our pros for service, you should go to the circuit breaker box and turn off power to this area until we arrive.

Regular Breaker Issues

Another area we noted in part one was the circuit breaker. If you’re in a large building, you should expect the occasional trip of your breaker from time to time, and simple repairs will usually remedy any resulting issues.

If, on the other hand, your breaker is repeatedly experiencing blown fuses or trips, especially to the same area, it’s a sign of something more significant. Usually it means your building requires more power, which means the breaker and possibly other elements will need to be replaced.

Constant Flickering

Once again, as we noted in part one, occasional light flickering isn’t usually a big issue – it’s often due to simple issues like a light bulb that isn’t screwed in all the way. However, if a light or group of lights continues to flicker or dim even after you’ve checked basic connections, this could be due too frayed or broken wires that need to be replaced.

For more on choosing repairs versus replacement for your commercial electrical areas, or to learn about any of our commercial electrician services, speak to the staff at Orange Electric today.