6 Reasons Why Your Furnace Keeps Tripping Your Circuit Breaker

6 Reasons Why Your Furnace Keeps Tripping Your Circuit Breaker

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6 Reasons Why Your Furnace Keeps Tripping Your Circuit Breaker

6 Reasons Why Your Furnace Keeps Tripping Your Circuit Breaker

Through these winter days in New England, you may not pay much attention to the furnace that is keeping you warm. It works most of the time and requires little attention. However, you will notice in a hurry when something goes wrong. When the circuit breaker is tripped by your furnace, it shuts down and has to be reset. If you are not a professional, you may find yourself often wondering if and when it will keep happening. Will it shut down in the middle of the night when everyone is asleep? Is it a sign of a greater problem? Is there a danger of it starting a fire in the house? These are just a few of the questions you may have when the circuit breaker to the furnace is tripped. Ryan Gath Electric gives you these 6 common reasons why your furnace keeps tripping your circuit breaker:

Knowing some of the possible causes will help you answer some of these questions yourself. You might even be able to fix them yourself and avoid the cost of professional repairs altogether. You can also protect yourself from companies that want to sell you a new furnace instead of fixing the underlying problem.

1. An Overloaded Furnace

Furnaces are designed to heat a specific range of area. If you have added an addition or extra rooms from the time you installed your furnace, it may now be too small to heat your home effectively. Having the right sized furnace for your home is the key to it to operating efficiently. Long periods of extreme weather can also overload a furnace by simply requiring it to run more often.

2. An Overloaded Shared Circuit

Home wiring can get complicated, and you need to make sure you know which power supply is powering your various appliances and electronics. If too many things are hooked up to the same circuit, it can cause an overload. It is generally a good idea for a furnace to have its own circuit with nothing else on it, but if you must share it for some reason, you should know how much load the circuit can handle.

3. Short Circuit/Ground Fault Inside The Furnace

Furnace wires can come loose or just wear out over time. A professional might need to be called for a second look at this, but you can do some basic inspection to find loose or burned out wiring. Debris and household items can fall onto grounding, making it work incorrectly. Even a buildup of dust can be the culprit.

4. Circuit Breaker Problems

Sometimes there is an underlying problem with the circuit breaker itself. This is another time that a professional might need to be consulted. However like anything else, even the circuit breakers that are designed to prevent overloads can have their own faults and failures.

5. Loose Electrical Connection(s)

Another reason why your furnace keeps tripping your circuit breaker is loose electrical connections. Over time wiring can get loose and connections can get broken. Inspect your wiring carefully to see if anything is loose. Of course, always take extreme caution to make sure you are not touching a live wire when you inspect it. Loose electrical connections will disrupt communication with the breaker, and that will cause it to trip. 

6. Overworked Furnace Blower

The furnace distributes heat through a blower that sends heat down ducts that disperse heat throughout the home. If the blower is running all the time, it will eventually cause the furnace to become overworked and trip the circuit breaker. If the blower is always on, there is likely a problem that may require the attention of a professional. Listening for the blower is a good way to tell whether it is on so you can determine whether or not it is necessary for it to be blowing.

Contact Ryan Gath Electric If Your Furnace Keeps Tripping Your Circuit Breaker

If your furnace has always run with little maintenance in the past but now keeps tripping your circuit breaker, you may be left cold, frustrated and unsure of what to do. Applying these 6 simple steps can help you inspect the situation yourself to potentially avoid the need for professional repairs. If you still find yourself having to constantly reset your breaker while your furnace is running, it may be time to all the experts at Ryan Gath Electric. Our licensed electricians can help get the electrical connections on your furnace wired correctly so your furnace can run efficiently once again. So don’t continue asking yourself whether your furnace is at risk of losing heat or starting an electrical fire. Call Ryan Gath Electric for inspection today.

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10 Chelmsford Home Electrical Resolutions for the New Year

10 Chelmsford Home Electrical Resolutions for the New Year

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10 Chelmsford Home Electrical Resolutions for the New Year

As the New Year approaches more and more homeowners are resolving to do things that are going to not only help improve the overall efficiency of their home, but that will also make it safer. The National Fire Protection Association estimates that nearly 50,000 fires are caused each year by faulty electrical systems in homes. Of these fires, about 450 deaths are the result and up to 1500 injuries. Though many Chelmsford homeowners go from day to day hoping that their electrical system is safe, updating and testing your system is the only way to know. Here are 10 Chelmsford Home Electrical Resolutions for the New Year that can help keep your home and your family safe:

  1. Extension Cord Placement – We have all been guilty of this faux pas. We have an extension cord that helps take an item from one room to another. It is far safer to make sure you keep extension cords away from door ways, under carpets, near heaters, or near any other item that may damage the cord. It is essential that you take the time to carefully place your extension cords out of the way in a safe place where they will continue to be safe for the duration of use.
  2. Sockets Near Water – We all need outlets in bathrooms and kitchens and other areas that are near water but water and electricity certainly do not mix. Installing GFCI sockets, or ground fault circuit interrupter sockets can help ground out the socket should water become introduced. Installing this type of outlet in bathrooms, on kitchen counters, or in any other area where water might get into sockets can help keep your home and your family safe.
  3. Noticing the Signs of Faulty Wiring – There are some signs that you can take into account when it comes to your home. If your switches feel warm or you have issues like blowing fuses, tripping circuits, flickering and dimming lights or other issues, it is best to contact a professional electrician that can pinpoint the cause of the issue then fix it so that you have nothing to worry about.
  4. Wattages – The wattage that is written on the inside of lamp sockets is there for a reason. Though it may seem time consuming, taking the time to check all your lamps and make sure that the bulbs inside them match the recommended wattage can make a huge difference. Not only do higher watt bulbs take up more energy and help run up your electricity bill, these higher wattage bulbs are likely to blow more often and can pose a threat to you and your family.
  5. Damaged Cords – Though it may seem like a trivial thing, that knick on your electrical cord may be just enough to cause a fire. You should take the time to check your cords and make sure that if they are damaged in any way they are either professionally repaired or that they are replaced entirely if the damage is too severe.
  6. Install More Outlets – Though using extension cords from time to time can be safe if the cord is in good shape and it is carefully placed, if you are using an extension cord every day or very often you may want to think about having more sockets installed. Calling a professional electrician can get you the sockets you need so that you can get rid of potentially dangerous extension cords.
  7. Outlet Overload – We have all done it, bought outlet expanders or added extension cords to get more socket space out of a single outlet. Though this may not be dangerous for a little while, when an outlet is overloaded for a long period of time it can become overheated, damaged, and can pose a fire hazard.
  8. Energy Efficient Appliances – We all want to save money on our electric bill and installing energy efficient appliances can help save money on your monthly bill by using less electricity overall. These appliances can also be safer for your home and can make a huge difference in your home and how it runs.
  9. Surge Protectors – Not all homes are going to experience a power surge but having a surge protector in place can help keep your home safe and can help prevent issues if there is a power surge or a large storm. Power surges have the potential to cause sparks that can then lead to fire, they can also overload circuits and cause damage to your overall system. A surge protector can help prevent these issues.
  10. Replace Smoke Detectors – The last thing you can do is to check and replace all your smoke detectors. Smoke detectors can be your first line of defense if your electrical system does go awry and you can truly protect your home with new smoke detectors.

Contact Ryan Gath Electric For Home Electrical Resolutions for the New Year

No homeowner in Chelmsford wants to deal with overspending on their electricity bills. If you are considering any of these 10 Chelmsford Home Electrical Resolutions for the New Year, Ryan Gath Electric can help. The licensed electricians at Ryan Gath Electric can help get your home electric system operating safely and efficiently with up-to-date technology. So don’t continue risking electrical fires or other hazards. Call Ryan Gath Electric to get started today.

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The Dangers of Knob-and-Tube Wiring

The Dangers of Knob-and-Tube Wiring

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knob-and-tube wiring removal from Ryan Gath Electric in Massachusetts

Used in America from 1880 to the late 1940’s, knob-and-tube wiring is an early style of electrical wiring identifiable by its white, ceramic, spool-like knobs. It still exists in some old homes, and it presents several dangers to modern-day tenants. If you happen to have some in your home, be sure to let us know so we can help you replace it with modern wiring.

Here are five of the dangers knob-and-tube wiring presents to homeowners:

  1. Age. On average, knob-and-tube wiring ranges from 70 to 130 years old. Even if it has been working for a while, this old wiring doesn’t have the capacity needed for modern homes. This means it can overload easily and start a fire. In addition, the wiring is less resistant to damage than normal wiring. This represents another fire risk to homeowners.
  2. No ground wire. Knob-and-tube wiring is incompatible with modern 3-plug appliances. Because of this, anything plugged in is more liable for damage due to voltage fluctuations and surges. This is yet another fire hazard and can also cause electrical shocks.
  3. Bad against moisture. In addition to being ungrounded, knob-and-tube wiring is not rated for moisture. This makes it especially dangerous in wetter areas such as kitchens, bathrooms, and outside.
  4. Easily overlooked. Knob-and-tube wiring often gets buried in insulation and pushed into contact with building materials and other clutter. Since knob-and-tube wiring is designed to release heat freely into the air, this presents yet another fire hazard. Insurance companies often won’t insure buildings with that wiring because the National Electric Code (NEC) states that knob-and-tube wiring has to stay away from insulation.
  5. Improper DIY modifications. Out of all the kinds of wiring, unsafe DIY modifications are most often seen with knob-and-tube wiring. Part of this is from how easy it is to access for splicing. It’s not uncommon to see someone use masking or Scotch tape (instead of electrical tape) in their DIY connections. Even worse, DIY rookies often install fuses with an amperage too high for the wiring, overloading the wires and making another major fire risk.


Why should I trust Ryan Gath Electric with my property’s electrical repairs?


Ryan Gath Electric has served the people of the Chelmsford, MA area with years of electrical experience. Whether it’s a residential or commercial property, we know how to handle your electrical systems. When we say ‘We’ll Fix it Right the First Time – Every Time,’ we mean it! If your wiring needs changing, call us today!

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6 Signs You Should Consider Rewiring in Chelmsford

6 Signs You Should Consider Rewiring in Chelmsford

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rewiring in Chelmsford by Ryan Gath

As houses get older, the wiring inside the house gets weaker and more worn, eventually leading to serious issues. In order to prevent these issues, you’ll have to give your home a complete rewiring to replace the older wiring with fresh wires. But how do you know when it’s time to retire your old wiring? And what other benefits can you expect from rewiring? Ryan Gath Electric can tell you all about when you should get rewiring in Chelmsford.

Here are six signs you should schedule a rewiring in Chelmsford:

Discolored or charred outlets and switches

If you notice your outlets and switches have changed colors somewhat, it might be a bad sign. When there are loose connections in your outlets or switches, arcing and sparking may result in small fires. These fires can cause outlets and switches to get discolored from charring. If you don’t see anything odd about your outlets and switches, the issue is likely with the wiring in the walls.

Burning smell

Have you noticed a constant burning smell and can’t identify the source? That might be a major sign of faulty wiring. You’ll want to turn off the power at the circuit and immediately call a technician. Not doing so can result in an electrical fire.

Lighting issues

If the lights in your home are flickering, it might just be a loose or bad bulb. On the other hand, if every light is flickering, then it’s the wiring that’s the problem. Additionally, if bulbs are burning out in their sockets despite being the right model, the fixture can’t handle the bulb’s wattage. That’s also a sign of a problem that can be solved through rewiring.

Aluminum wiring

An estimated 2 million homes between 1965 and 1973 were built with aluminum wiring instead of copper wiring. Aluminum wiring connections are more likely to fail, overheat, and start fires. If you see the letters ‘AL’ on your wiring’s jacket, that means it aluminum and needs to go.

Blown fuses and tripped circuit breakers

Fuses and circuit breakers are made to cut off the flow of electricity when it exceeds the number of amps it can handle. This helps protect your home from electrical fires. If your system is worn out or can’t handle the electricity usage in your home, a fuse will blow or the circuit breaker will trip. If this happens, bad wiring may be the culprit. Of course, there are other reasons your fuses can blow or your circuit breaker trips, such as faulty or overheating appliances. If you’re unsure, use a circuit breaker tester to make sure everything works fine.

Cord-based electrical shocks

Have you gotten an electrical shock when plugging or unplugging an appliance? That’s also a possible sign of faulty wiring. These shocks can be very dangerous, and you should call us immediately if you experience one.

The benefits of rewiring in Chelmsford

One of the biggest benefits of rewiring your home is safety, unsurprisingly. However, there are other benefits for going through with a rewiring:

  • Increased electrical capability
  • Be certain of your home’s wiring’s lifespan
  • Safe home extensions
  • Cheaper home insurance
  • Increased home resale value

What makes Ryan Gath Electric my best choice for changing my home’s wiring?

Ryan Gath Electric has a decade of experience helping Massachusetts residents stay comfortable and safe with their electricity. We take pride in the outstanding quality of our work so you can trust our team to finish the job properly without damaging your home or your delicate electrical equipment. We’ll set up the wiring according to the latest industry standards and building codes, and we can return for any additional fixtures or appliances you want along the way. Call Ryan Gath Electric today to learn more about our rewiring services and more!

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