When to Call an Industrial Electrician to Your Facility

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When to Call an Industrial Electrician to Your Facility

28 December 2016
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog

There are obvious signs that your production or warehouse facility needs the services of a commercial electrical contractor, but having the lights go out or the power fail altogether is not the only time you should call such a professional. Note a few problems you may encounter at a manufacturing facility or warehouse and why these may be signs that you need an electrician.

Your rapid-roll door isn't so rapid

A door that fails to open as it should or as quickly as it should may be bent or have rust along the chains or tracks, but typically this is an electrical problem that requires an electrician to diagnose and repair. If you haven't had the electrical wiring updated since you've had a new door installed, chances are it may be drawing too much power every time it operates. This can cause a door to malfunction, such as not opening as quickly as it should, or opening only partway and then stopping. If all other parts of the door are in good repair, call an electrician to test its wiring and needed power.


Consistent power slowdowns shouldn't be expected or assumed to be normal. Brownouts usually mean that your facility is pulling more power than your wiring or circuits can handle. While your facility may still operate during a brownout, this electrical slowdown can damage your equipment, as motors, fans, and other pieces struggle to work. In turn, they suffer more wear and tear and may need replacing sooner rather than later. A commercial electrician can note if certain equipment should be on its own circuit or if you need new or additional wiring in order to conduct the power needed to run your facility properly.

After a flood

If your facility has been flooded, you may think that the repair work only involves replacing damaged equipment and cleaning up the receding waters. However, if the floodwaters reached your electrical systems, this may have caused corrosion to the wiring, connectors, and other parts. In turn, your facility may be at a higher risk for that wiring shorting out and then causing an electrical fire. If wires have been damaged, they may then not be able to conduct enough electricity to run your facility, and you will experience brownouts, as mentioned above. An electrician can test the amps and volts of the wiring to note if it's in good condition or if any of it needs to be replaced because of this water damage.