As winter ends, it’s crucial to create a springtime electrical maintenance checklist to ensure your home electrical system functions safely and efficiently. When properly installed and maintained, home electrical systems can last over 50 years, and as such, it’s important to follow maintenance guidelines and standards to maximize your system’s service life.
At Fusion Electric, we offer comprehensive maintenance and inspection plans for our Kansas City area customers. In this guide, we discuss what items to include on a springtime residential electrical maintenance checklist and why they’re important.
Inspect All Outdoor Lighting Fixtures and Bulbs for Your Springtime Electrical Maintenance Checklist
For homeowners with outdoor garden, landscape, pool, or patio lighting, you’ll want to make sure to have an electrician check all of your outdoor fixtures for the upcoming warm season. As you and your guests spend more time in the outdoor areas of your home, you’ll want to make sure all of your outdoor electrical fixtures are properly working.
These fixtures not only enhance your beautiful outdoor setting, but they increase the safety, visibility, and accessibility of your outdoor areas at night. When scheduling a spring home electrical system inspection, make sure to ask your electrician to check all of these outdoor fixtures.
Have Outdoor Meter Box and Circuit Panel Inspected for Your Springtime Electrical Maintenance Checklist
If your area experiences any intense spring storms, it’s always a good idea to make sure to inspect outdoor electrical boxes such as the meter box and circuit panel for damage. During an inspection, an electrician can check for a frayed or damaged service entry cable, electric panel rust, or loose boxes or mounting screws.
In some circumstances, damage to these electrical components can present a serious threat to the health and safety of occupants and pose a risk of an electrical fire. As such, it’s always important to check these components after intense storms and include them on a springtime maintenance checklist.
Inspect all Indoor and Outdoor Fans
Chances are your electric fans have been sitting idle for the cold fall and winter months. As spring rolls around, you’ll want to make sure all your fans are still in good working condition, and if they aren’t, schedule repair to ensure they’ll be usable for the hot months ahead.
If your fans are still in good working order, make sure to dust all the surfaces of the blades and any protective coverings so they don’t spread dust and other lung irritants throughout the home.
You’ll also want to make sure all of your switches to the fans are working properly and replace any switches as needed.
Check All Outdoor Outlets and Extension Cords
As your household gears up for outdoor activities, lawn maintenance, and projects, you’ll want to check your outdoor outlets and extension cords. Make sure the outlets are working properly and are replaced if needed.
You’ll also want to check your extension cords to make sure they are still in good working order. Check for any fraying, exposed wires, or damaged prongs or casing. Set your outdoor activities and projects up for success for the warm spring and summer months by making sure these outdoor outlets and extension cords are ready to go.
Schedule Service Panel Upgrades
Spring is a great time to upgrade outdated electrical components alongside other maintenance procedures. A common upgrade that we provide at Fusion Electric to Kansas City homeowners is a service panel upgrade. The service panel, also known as the fuse box, is the home’s main electrical supply.
If your home is older than 30 years, chances are your service panel is not designed to handle the amount of demand from electronics in most modern homes. During an inspection of your service panel, our team can identify any damaged or worn-out parts and upgrade the service panel if needed.
Upgrading this system during springtime is a great decision if you anticipate more TV, computer, and game console usage during the summer vacation months. Not only will a service panel upgrade allow your system to handle the electrical demand, but it will also be more efficient, lowering your monthly electric utility bill.
Schedule a Spring Time Electrical Inspection and Maintenance with Fusion Electric
If you live in the Kansas City area, start the spring season the right and safe way with a residential electrical inspection and maintenance call with Fusion Electric. Our professional, expert team can provide a thorough inspection, maintenance, and any upgrades, repairs, or replacements your system needs. Follow this springtime electrical maintenance checklist and give us a call today!