Electrical System

Circuit breaker

During check-in we pointed out the location of the circuit breaker panel, usually located in the garage. There will be one master circuit breaker and several individual circuit breakers. Circuit breakers trip under excess electrical loads. Reset the circuit breakers by moving them to the off position and then to the on position. In the event of a loss of electrical power in your home, followed these steps:

1. If the power loss is in one area of your home and power is available in other areas of your home, it is likely that an individual circuit breaker has turned off. Unplug any appliances in the area that are without power and turn other appliances off. Check the circuit breaker and, if necessary, reset it. Plug your appliances back in. If the circuit breaker fails repeatedly, you have either a short circuit in one of your appliances or a short circuit in the electrical system in your home. Do not attempt further repair. Call Eaton Realty for further instructions.

2. If electrical power is lost throughout your home, check the master circuit breaker. If the master circuit breaker has trip, reset it. If the master circuit breaker trips repeatedly, call Eaton Realty. If the master circuit breaker has not tripped, take a look around the neighborhood. If you notice a general electrical failure in your neighborhood, call your electric company to report the problem.

Ground Fault Interrupt Devices

Usually, G. F. I. outlets are located near tubs and bathroom sinks and in the kitchen, garage and front and rear patio. These are special circuit breakers that are designed to break the flow of electricity in the event of a short circuit. This will prevent dangerous electrical shock. When a short circuit occurs, the G. F. I. outlets must be reset according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Do not plug appliances such as air conditioners and refrigerators into G. F. I. outlets. The electrical surge that occurs when these appliances cycle will trip the G. F. I. outlets and break the circuit. It is possible that some outlets that are connected to the G. F. I. devices are not so marked. If you have a failure at an outlet, reset the G. F. I. devices as well as the circuit breaker. Continued failures indicate a potentially dangerous electrical problem. Contact Eaton Realty for further assistance.

Exterior lighting

Replace the light bulbs with the recommended specification.

Interior lighting

The lighting fixtures in your home are designed for standard wattage bulbs. To avoid excessive heat, you should not exceed manufacturer’s recommendations. If a fluorescent light fixture does not work, make sure all bulbs are installed properly. Adjust any tubes that are flickering or buzzing. Check wall switches and circuit breakers.

Outlets and Switches

Electrical outlets can be found in every room in your home. Do not exceed the capacity for which the outlets were designed. Devices that increase the capacity of electrical outlets and multiple extension cords can cause a fire.

If any electrical outlets do not have power, there are two possible explanations:

1. Some outlets are controlled by wall switch. Plug an appliance into the outlets in turn on nearby wall switches to see if the problem is corrected. Switch controlled outlets are usually indicated by the outlets being installed upside-down.

2. Check the circuit breaker. If the circuit breaker has been tripped, reset and try the outlets again. Check the G. F. I. devices and reset if necessary.

Caution: small children can be injured by poking small metal objects into wall outlets. You can prevent this by installing childproof devices on all floor level electrical outlets. These devices are available in grocery stores and drugstores as well as home centers and hardware stores.