Patch It Up: The 1-2-3 Repair Guide to Fixing Electricals

ElectricianMachines break down, that much is certain. Electrical systems are not exempt. Power disruptions can be costly for companies operating offices and factories big and small. When electrical systems break down, it is up to the technicians on duty to get them back online and working. Once power is restored and the systems are back on, these technicians become essentially miracle workers. Just how do they go about it? Here’s a quick guide on what goes on in the repair process.

Determining the Problem

Whenever technicians begin the process of repairing damaged electric systems, the first thing they need to do is know the problem. Depending on the effects observed in the system (power outage, damaged wirings, etc), they have to determine the source of the problem.

They come up with different hypotheses as to the reason for the disruption. This will involve shutting the power off first, so they can investigate the damage safely, isolate components, and troubleshoot. Tools such as multi-testers and circuit tracers aid in this step.  Using these gadgets to serve as identifiers aid the technicians to pinpoint which branch is in need of repair, and also to validate their hypotheses. Once the problem is determined, they come up with a solution.

Actual Repair Work

Once the source of the problem is pinpointed and its nature properly analyzed, technicians can then come up with a logical solution. Now the actual work begins. From rewiring cables, repairing modules, to completely replacing parts, the technicians enact their solution.

This is done step by step, and it should not be rushed. It also involves constant testing. Switching the power back on every now and then is done to test if the repairs are heading to the right direction. During this time, technicians know to keep everything in order.

Parts need to be organized, components properly labeled, and tools kept on hand. Safety is a constant concern. Safety measures such as turning off the power when working, and wearing personal protective equipment are paramount. says electrical branch circuit identifiers may also be needed, depending on the nature of the problem.


Much like a surgeon stitching a wound close after surgery, technicians must close up repair work properly as well. The last part of the repair process, assuming the systems are fixed, is to wrap it up. Securing cables and components is the biggest part of finishing the repairs.

Technicians must ensure that they are in a better state so they don’t break down again. The workplace must also be cleaned up: no loose components or messy surroundings. The responding technician must document his work. The notes taken down will serve useful the next time the system requires repair.

Repairing electrical systems is not as easy as it looks. A proper guide can help set you in the right direction.