Why Does My Power Keep Going Out?

23 January, 2024
Why does my power keep going out?

We rely on power to get everything done in our lives. We need electricity to power our electronics/appliances and keep our homes well-lit. Reliable electricity is a must-have for many people as it powers medical devices. Having to deal with constant power outages can be frustrating and even dangerous! 

We’ll explain some of the most common causes of power outages, what you should do during a power outage, and how to prevent them, including hiring an Etobicoke electrician.

What are some of the most common causes of a power outage?

There are two types of power outages. The first type is a power outage that impacts your neighbourhood or city. It is usually due to an adverse weather event, such as high winds. Animals chewing on power lines and damaging them can cause outages as well.

The other type is localized to your home. These are some of the most common causes of a power outage that is just impacting you:

  • You’ve overloaded a circuit by plugging too many appliances into it.
  • You have wired connections that are loose or damaged.
  • There is something wrong with your electrical panel or your breaker switch.
  • Your electrical system is out-of-date and can’t handle your house’s power needs.
  • You have appliances that are overheating, such as your washer or dryer. Overheated appliances can cause power fluctuations.

What should I do during a power outage?

The first thing to do is determine the source. If your entire neighbourhood is out of power, there isn’t anything you can do to make the power come on more quickly. If you seem to be the only one without power, you may be able to reset your circuit breaker and see if that solves the problem. If it doesn’t, you should contact an Etobicoke electrician for help.

Your main priority during a power outage is to stay safe! Never use candles. Instead, use your phone or regular flashlight to see in the dark. Pack perishable food like milk and eggs into a cooler with ice packs. Never use anything that generates carbon monoxide (such as a propane heater) in an enclosed space.

Is there anything I can do to prevent power outages from happening?

You can’t do anything about a power outage caused by bad weather! If you see any power lines or equipment that seems to be in bad shape, but the power is still working, report them to your power company or city immediately.

The most essential step you can take at home to prevent power outages from happening is not overloading your circuits by having too many appliances on at once. It is challenging to find enough outlets to cover everyone’s power needs. Two ways to address this are running some appliances (such as the dishwasher or dryer) after everyone goes to bed or investing in things like solar-powered phone chargers.

How can an Etobicoke electrician help me if I’m having frequent power outages?

Dealing with frequent power outages can be frustrating and even scary! The good news, however, is that you don’t have to live with power outages caused by problems with your home’s electrical system. Instead, you need to hire the services of an Etobicoke electrician.

We have over 35 years of experience dealing with various electrical issues at Hi-Lite Electric. We offer three primary services: electrical inspections, repairs, and installation.

  1. If you’re having trouble with power outages, the first thing to do is contact an electrician and arrange for them to perform an electrical inspection. Our electricians do a complete check to ensure that your wiring is up-to-date and there are no fire risks. 
  2. Once we’ve determined the source of the problem, we’ll repair it. For issues like a blown fuse, we can repair it on the spot! For other problems, like a faulty circuit breaker, we may need a few days to acquire the correct parts and schedule time to install them. We also offer emergency repairs, so you can call us for help even if we haven’t performed an inspection yet.
  3. We also offer a variety of services designed to enhance your life. We can install electrical vehicle chargers, replace old fuse panels, and install surge protectors. In addition, we can install or replace smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.

You aren’t alone if you’re running into power issues–we can help!

You can prevent power outages!

Picture this: you’ve settled in for an evening on the couch, ready to watch your favourite movie, and the power goes out–again! You stumble in the dark, trying to find a flashlight and check outside. You’re the only one without power.

The good news is that you don’t have to live like this. If you’re having frequent power outages, you need to hire the services of an Etobicoke electrician. They can come to your house and perform a thorough inspection to determine the cause of your power outages. They can then perform repairs on the spot or schedule an appointment to repair the problem.

Contact Us to Learn More About How We Can Help You

Whether for work or play, we rely on having consistent and reliable electricity. You don’t have to live with the frustration of constant power outages with Hi-Lite Electric!

To learn more about our services and how we can help fix any electrical issues you’re experiencing, call us at 416-800-5536 or contact us online. Whether you’re looking to upgrade your wiring or need a problem solved fast, you’re in good hands.



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