The Top Electrical Issues Impacting Businesses in 2020

  • Blue Collar Electricians
  • January 2, 2020


They are still street sweeping the streamers from the concrete in Times Square. 

But, it’s never too early to think about the electricity in your commercial space in 2020. 

Commercial electricians in Northeast Ohio are in high demand. Even traditionally rural areas like Geauga County have more and more retail and commercial spaces coming in. When we go out to restore electricity to a business, we are met with some panicked and frustrated business owners. You can understand why. Every minute down can be hundreds, thousands, or, in some cases, millions of dollars in lost revenue. That’s a burden few businesses can bear. 

Which electrical issues are the main culprits? Let’s take a look at some of the main electrical issues companies are going to be facing in 2020:

One: The Dreaded Blackout

Sometimes, just an area of your business goes dark. Sometimes, everyone in the neighborhood goes out. Occasionally, it’s the entire East Coast! More often than not, we get called out to these types of events to find out that there was an internal trigger that caused the outage. You can do some troubleshooting before the electrician arrives to help with the diagnosis. If the power outage is limited to just a certain area of the building, check the circuit breaker for that area to see if it has been tripped. If that doesn’t do the trick, it’s a larger issue and you’ll need an electrician to help. 

Two: You’re Seeing Sparks

No, not the romantic kind. We’re talking about sparks flying when someone plugs or unplugs an appliance or tool. This is a sign that the device that you just plugged in is drawing power from other devices. Before the electrons can settle down, sparks arise. If this escalates, you will see other outlets and wires nearby spark, melt, or, in the worst case of all, burst into flames. Run to the main power and shut it off immediately. Then, call a professional electrician to come out and take a look.

Three: The Lights Above Are Flickering on and Off

It’s a creepy feeling. You are going about your business and the lights dim and flicker. Nothing good can come from this! This issue can cause obvious working environment concerns for those employed in the building, but flickering lights can also be an indicator of major issues with the electrical system. If this is a common occurrence, you should get an electrical professional to take a look right away.

Four: A Heavy Load to Bear

Some businesses are using appliances that push the limits of what the site is prepared for electrically. You must be aware of the electrical load capacities of the system when plugging in appliances. When you move in, it pays to have an electrical assessment done to forecast the capacity of the system. If you have issues along the way, it might be time to have an expert come out and give your facility a full electrical upgrade!

The best way to predict the issues that might lie ahead is to have regularly scheduled electrical maintenance on your property. Blue Collar Electricians is ready to come out and evaluate your system, give you some tips and suggestions, and help keep you and your property safe. Call us today to set up your first electrical maintenance and inspection visit of 2020!