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How to Recognize Damaged Appliances


A faulty or damaged electrical appliance can be more than just an inconvenience when it fails to work properly. It can cause damage to property and pose risks to health.

If a damaged appliance shorts out, it can create a surge in the electrical system, which should cause the breaker to trip, preventing damage. But if the breaker doesn‘t trip, there’s a risk of electric shock or fire.

Surges can also damage sensitive electrical equipment, such as computers, and can harm outlets and switches.

You may have a broken appliance if:
  • Your circuit breaker trips. The appliance may be nearing the end of its usefulness.
  • Switches stop working. They may have been damaged by a power surge.
  • You see or smell smoke. Smoke should not come from a functioning appliance.
  • It makes different or unusual noises. The appliance may be developing a fault.
  • Performance decreases. Replacement or repairs may be necessary.
  • Lights, screens or buttons no longer work. The appliance may need service or replacement.

Posted: 11/17/2020 2:58:28 PM
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