If something is happening with your lights, you probably call an electrician. If something is wrong with an outlet or two, you might flip a breaker before you call the electrician, but what does that actually do? The electricity in your house is delivered usually from a municipal power source. It is then distributed all over your home through a series of wires that form circuits. The circuits are connected to a circuit breaker that flips them off should they overload. They overload when they are tasked with too much or when a fault causes them to malfunction. An electrician will then go on a fault-finding mission to discover what has gone wrong. This is how that issue is taken care of.
Hot to Ground
The best electrical services in Sheffield usually begin with some general tests of your system to isolate different circuits.
- An alternating current system, such as the one in your house, has three different types of wires.
- There are hot wires, ground wires, and neutral wires.
- Hot wires deliver the electricity; that’s why they’re called hot.
- The ground wire connects the circuit to something else that is conductive and then to a non-conductive surface. The earth is the most effective ground, which is the source of the name.
If the ground is at fault, you have a hot to ground fault.
Hot to Neutral
The neutral wire carries electrical currents from the hot wire to complete the circuit. If you have a problem there, you have a hot to neutral fault. Both of them are fairly common, and an electrician can handle them fairly quickly as long as the underlying cause is not too extreme.