Inspect And Troubleshoot Electrical Problems Before Bringing In Computers

9 October 2015
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Computers are sensitive systems that may not survive constant electrical loss, unlike many electronics that simply lose power and suffer minor setting loss - such as a clock losing its time or a radio forgetting saved stations. If you're living in a home more than a few decades old or have noticed flicking lights and general power loss, take the time to understand what could go wrong with your computers and how an electrician can help.

What Makes Computer Power Loss So Bad?

If computers were like other basic electronics, losing power may be a general nuisance at best. Unfortunately, the computer may suffer damages both in the hardware and in the information used to run the computer.

A working computer is a series of loading, calculating and saving information. These actions take place billions of times per second and govern starting up the computer, opening programs, playing games, browsing the web and many unseen processes in the background.

When power is lost, your computer will be interrupted during many of these simultaneous processes. This means that the very existence of your computer--what it was doing, its current progress or, in loose terms, its state of being--can be corrupted.

Modern computers are designed with safeguards against complete corruption. In a best case scenario, your computer may start with no problem or need to perform a safety scan to look for any potential problems. Unfortunately, it's possible for the power to be lost at one of the exact moments where lots of information is being saved, resulting in critical failure.

These data issues can be fixed by a computer repair technician or through a complete reinstallation of the affected software, but there are hardware issues as well. Power loss and sudden returning power can damage the electrical traces inside the computer. For devices with moving parts such as the hard drive, a sudden stop can lock moving parts together and cause serious damage. Using the hard drive as an example, the platters used to store data can be scratched just as a record player's needle scratches a record.

Electrical Repairs And Upgrades For Computer Safety

To keep your computers safe during electrical failure, power surges or other electrical events, replacing the wiring is merely the first step. You could stop there and use your computers, but it's better to plan for expansion.

After or during new wire installation, an electrician can add additional wiring to better distribute electricity. A single wire won't have to handle the burden of electricity coming from a single outlet, which can reduce burnouts and wire failure from power surges.

Additional outlets can be installed as well, reducing the need for excessive power strip/surge protector usage. Contact an electrical troubleshooting professional, such as Chadwick Electric Services, to get to the bottom of electrical problems and for advice on how to make your electrical layout better for computers.