We’ve received thousands of phone calls from clients over the years who’ve lost power to an area of their home or business. This can be stressful, especially when it’s extremely hot or cold outside.
But before you grab your cell phone and call out your electrician of choice, there are a few things you can check yourself that could save you time, energy, and money by avoiding an unnecessary service call.
If you’re comfortable checking these three things during a power outage, you could save yourself a lot of hassle down the road! Here’s what you can do during some of the most common causes of power outages.
Check your breaker box
Have you lost power to your entire home or business, or just one area? Or a couple areas? It’s always wise to check your breaker box first and make sure you don’t have any tripped breakers.
To reset a breaker, push it all the way to the “off” position, then flip it back fully to the “on” position. You may have to do this more than once, and you may have to press harder than you think to get it to the “off” position, and back to the “on” position.
Check with your power company for outages
Most of our clients are either OG&E or Edmond Electric customers. For both companies, you can check for power outages online. If you have a different utility provider or co-op, we recommend checking with them for their procedures. Many of them also have way to check for outages online.
Check for tripped GFI outlets
A GFI outlet is a type of outlet with a test and reset button. They’re designed to trip when a ground fault is sensed. With several outlets and sometimes even lighting attached to the same circuit, it can feel like you have lost power to an area of the home. We recommend making sure you don’t have any of these tripped before calling an electrician out to your home or business.
If you want more information about checking and resetting GFI outlets, this video may be helpful.
If checking your breaker box, local power outages, and your GFI outlets doesn’t resolve the situation, we are happy to send someone out and correct the issue. If you call, it’s always helpful if you can share details around the outage and what, if anything, was in use when it occurred.