Common Electrical Issues in a Commercial Building and How to Solve Them

As commercial electricians serving Puget Sound’s thriving business community, we understand the unique challenges that businesses face when it comes to electrical systems. From the demands of modern technology, safety compliance, and city and state regulations, maintaining a reliable and efficient electrical plan and setup is crucial for the successful execution of new construction and tenant improvements.

There are several common challenges faced by commercial buildings and we are here to tackle them to ensure a bright and reliable future for your next project. By being aware of these issues and knowing how to address them ensures a safe and productive environment for customers and employees.

Ground Fault Protection

Ground fault protection is a critical component of electrical safety in commercial buildings. GFIs (ground fault circuit interrupters) are a superhero in the electrical world, designed to detect imbalances in electrical currents, protecting people from potential electric shocks and reducing the risk of electrical fires. An experienced electrician is the superhero’s sidekick as they will pay attention to the areas that require GFIs like kitchens, walk-ins, bathrooms, break areas, etc. They will also recommend regular testing and maintenance to ensure the GFIs are functioning properly. Important note: To be up to code with the state and city, GFIs and the right ground fault protection is required by law.

Egress Lighting

Picture this: An emergency strikes, you are in your office or apartment building, and suddenly the power goes out. This could be scary if it wasn’t for egress lighting. When done up to code and correctly, pathways and areas are illuminated to provide a clear view to the exit. Some areas are required to be constantly illuminated when the building is occupied and operational. Emergency lighting activates when there is a power failure or fire alarm. An experienced electrician will help you map out a plan to ensure it is up to code. They will also recommend regular inspections and maintenance to ensure they are working at all times.

Outdated Electrical Equipment

We all love nostalgia, but outdated electrical equipment can pose significant risks, including electrical failure, power surges and energy drain. In older commercial buildings it is important to check the panels, disconnects, and all electrical systems, such as the HVAC system, as they often have seized components or rusty and corroded wires. An experienced commercial electrician will check the panels, wiring, and switches for age and condition. Outdated equipment may not meet the demands of modern technology or adhere to current electrical codes and safety standards. Upgrading to newer, more efficient electrical equipment can enhance safety, increase energy efficiency, and support the growing power needs of businesses. An experienced electrician will assess your electrical system, recommend necessary upgrades, and carry out the installation professionally.

Upgrading Power Service for New Tenant Needs

As commercial buildings undergo changes in occupancy, the power requirements often change as well. If a new tenant requires higher electrical capacity for their operations, it is essential to upgrade the power service accordingly. Insufficient power supply can lead to frequent circuit overloads, tripped breakers, and equipment malfunctions. A professional commercial electrician can evaluate the electrical load demands, design, and install an upgraded power service, and ensure that it meets the specific needs of the new tenant. This proactive approach helps avoid downtime, electrical hazards, and potential damage to sensitive equipment.

Seattle’s commercial buildings thrive when they tackle electrical challenges head-on. Partnering with a seasoned commercial electrician who is knowledgeable and reliable will keep your electrical system safe, efficient, and ready to power your success.

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