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Prepare Your Home For Vacation: A Guide by Unity Services

Should you unplug all of your appliances before you leave for vacation?

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Vacations are supposed to be a time for relaxation and enjoyment, a chance to leave behind the stresses of everyday life. However, as you prepare to leave your home for a few days or even a few weeks, you may not know if you should unplug all of your appliances before you go.

On one hand, some people believe that unplugging appliances is an important safety precaution. They argue that doing so can help prevent fires and other accidents that can occur when appliances are left plugged in and unused for an extended period of time. Additionally, unplugging appliances can save energy and help reduce your electricity bill, which is a great bonus for environmentally conscious individuals.

On the other hand, there are those who believe that unplugging all of your appliances is unnecessary and may even be harmful. They argue that modern appliances are designed to be left plugged in, and that unplugging them can cause damage to sensitive electronic components. Furthermore, some appliances may have internal clocks or timers that need to be reset after being unplugged, which can be a hassle when you return home from vacation.

So, what's the answer?

Ultimately, the decision to unplug your appliances before leaving for vacation is a personal one that depends on a variety of factors. Here are a few things to consider before you make your decision:

  1. The age and condition of your appliances. Older appliances may be more prone to malfunction or electrical issues, making it more important to unplug them before leaving. Similarly, if you've noticed any issues or strange behavior from an appliance recently, it may be a good idea to unplug it just to be safe.

  2. The length of your vacation. If you're only going to be away for a few days, leaving your appliances plugged in is unlikely to cause any issues. However, if you're planning an extended trip, unplugging your appliances can help reduce your energy bill and give you peace of mind.

Your personal preferences. If you're someone who worries a lot about safety and potential risks, unplugging your appliances may help you feel more secure. However, if you're someone who values convenience and ease of use, leaving your appliances plugged in may be the way to go.

Inspect your electrical panel in a couple of safe steps


It's time to be a little extra and think about inspecting your own electrical panel to help ensure the safety and functionality of your home's while you are away.

Here's a step-by-step guide:

  1. Safety First: Before you start, ensure your safety by turning off the main power switch to the panel. This switch is typically located at the top or bottom of the panel and is labeled. Use insulated gloves and eye protection for added safety.

  2. Visual Inspection: Look for any signs of damage or wear on the panel itself. Check for rust, corrosion, or signs of overheating such as discoloration. Also, ensure there are no signs of water damage around the panel.

  3. Check for Loose Wires: Inspect the wires connected to the breakers for any signs of looseness or corrosion. Tighten any loose connections using a screwdriver if necessary. Be cautious not to touch any exposed wires with your bare hands.

  4. Inspect Breakers: Check each circuit breaker for proper labeling and functionality. Ensure that each breaker is properly seated in its slot and isn't visibly damaged. Flip each breaker off and on to test its functionality.

  5. Look for Arcing or Sparking: While the main power is off, visually inspect the panel for any signs of arcing or sparking. These could indicate a serious problem and should be addressed immediately by a qualified electrician.

  6. Check Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs): If your panel includes GFCIs, ensure they are properly installed and functioning. Press the test button on each GFCI and ensure it trips, then press the reset button to restore power.

  7. Inspect for Overcrowding: Ensure there are no signs of overcrowding within the panel. All wires should be neatly arranged and not bunched together. Overcrowding can increase the risk of overheating and electrical fires.

  8. Check for Proper Covering: Make sure the panel cover is securely in place and free from any damage. A damaged cover can expose you to live electrical components and should be replaced immediately.

  9. Inspect Grounding System: Verify that the grounding system is intact and properly connected. Loose or damaged grounding wires can compromise the safety of your electrical system.

  10. Note any Issues: If you discover any issues during your inspection, such as damaged components or signs of malfunction, make a note of them. These issues should be addressed promptly by a licensed electrician.

  11. Restore Power: Once you've completed your inspection and made any necessary repairs, carefully restore power to the panel by turning the main power switch back on.

  12. Regular Maintenance: Schedule regular inspections of your electrical panel to ensure ongoing safety and functionality. Consider calling Unity Services as your trusted licensed electrician to perform more thorough inspections annually.

Remember, if you're unsure about any aspect of inspecting your electrical panel or if you encounter any problems, it's best to consult with a licensed electrician near you for assistance. Safety should always be the top priority when working with electricity.


Whether you're hitting the beach, exploring a new city, or simply enjoying some much-needed relaxation time, we've got you covered with the ultimate list of Spring Break travel essentials that will take your vacation to the next level.

From practical must-haves to stylish accessories, let's dive right in:



If you're unsure what to do, it's always a good idea to consult with an electrician or other professional who can provide guidance based on your specific situation.

Give us a call at Unity Services before your next trip!



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