Electrical Upgrades May Be Necessary For Computer Centers

If you have multiple computers, servers or similar devices at the backbone of your business, you'll need to make sure that your electrical system can support the demand. Although an individual desktop/workstation computer may not have much of an electrical load, connecting many of them for employees can wreak havoc on your electrical systems. Before investing too much in computer technology, take the time to understand why an electrician may be necessary for pre-installation and post-installation work.

Wiring Overload Can Ruin Operations

Unless your building is wired to support manufacturing or other industrial machines, you may have the same basic wiring that can be found in residential builds. The wiring is enough to support a few lights, appliances and maybe a computer or two, but a large computer network may be too much.

Some buildings are wired to connect multiple wall sockets to a single wall circuit. This means that everything on a wall, set of walls or even an entire room may share a single electrical path designed only for light use.

If you have too many devices with heavier electrical demands to such basic wiring, the electricity can quickly overheat the wiring. The threat isn't always an immediate blackout; the wire can get hot enough for a long enough time that it simply cools and heats again through regular use, warping in shape and becoming brittle. Before long, intermittent power loss can cause your computer users to lose power and progress without warning.

An electrician can solve the problem by splitting off the wiring into multiple load sharing circuits. Instead of overheating a single wire, the electricity is sent through bigger paths of multiple wires to their destination. Even though all electrical demand may eventually go to a single circuit breaker (sometimes more if the building is large enough), the bulk wiring for the circuit breaker can also be enhanced with more electrical paths. 

The circuit breaker may need to be upgraded to handle more of an electrical load as well, which can be performed by the electrician as needed.

Networking Cables Can Follow The Same Work Order

Instead of running network cables across the floor for Internet and internal use, an electrician can pull the network cables through the walls while working on the electrical wiring. Although network devices are commonly in the realm of Information Technology (IT) professionals, there are some electrical risks that an IT may not be trained to understand.

Some wires and fixtures operate at temperatures hot enough to burn to the touch. The wiring may have special protective coating that allows for such temperatures, or may have exposed copper due to wear and tear. A professional lacking electrical knowledge may not know how to identify these wires and may place network cables next to them.

Not all networking cables are flame retardant. Risks of completely destroyed network cables or slow burns that may release toxic flumes in some plenum cable types can create choking hazards.

Contact an electrician like one from Royal Plus Electric to have the cables and wiring installed properly, safely and with your computer system needs in mind.