Dangers of overloaded circuits

There are a number of considerations to take into account when wiring and implementing electrical design for any property, residential or commercial. One of these important factors is the electrical load. If your electrical circuits are burdened with too great a load, there can be a number of problems and issues that arise. So what are the dangers of overloaded circuits? And how can these be avoided?

What are the dangers of overloaded circuits?

There are a number of dangers and problems associated with overloaded circuits. These include:

  • The risk of electrical fires
  • Damage to appliances and electrical devices
  • The risk of electrocution

Increasing the risk of electrical fires

Electrical fires are one of the biggest risks associated with overloaded circuits. This is because a circuit that is overloaded produces a lot of heat. This heat then has the potential to ignite the surrounding flammable materials, including wiring and insulation. The end result is a potentially disastrous electrical fire that puts both life and property at risk. 

Overloaded circuits can damage appliances and devices

Circuits that are overloaded can also harm electrical equipment and appliances. This is because, due to the load on the circuit, voltage fluctuations and surges may occur. These events can cause significant damage to delicate electronics and render them useless. Replacing these can be a huge expense, and this highlights the need to hire a professional team for your load calculations, circuitry and wiring, to prevent problems with overloaded circuits.

Increasing the risk of electrocution

When circuits are overloaded, there is also a risk of electrocution. This is because overheating in outlets and wiring, due to the excess current, can increase the risk of electrical faults, shocks, and even fatalities. These dangers can be reduced by making sure electrical installations are in accordance with British regulations and by making sure circuits are rated correctly.

Preventing overloaded circuits

The best way to prevent overloaded circuits is to hire a professional team for your load calculations and your electrical design and installation. For more information or advice about professional electrical installation for your property, get in touch with the team today, here at Walker Electrical.