Certain problems could arise with your electrical system that may pose serious risks if they aren’t addressed immediately. It’s advisable to hire a professional who knows how to work on electrical systems safely to keep yourself out of harm’s way while the necessary repairs and upgrades are being made. If you have any of these four common electrical issues in your home, you should take swift action to resolve them.
Lights that Flicker or Dim
If you notice any flickering or dimming of certain lights, they could be experiencing major problems or minor issues that are easy to fix. Flickering or dimming can simply indicate that a light bulb is on the verge of burning out and should be changed soon. However, lights that flicker or dim could also mean that that there’s a poor connection or a corroded wire, which may both cause overheating and electrical fires.
Frequent Breaker Tripping
If the breakers in your breaker box trip frequently and cause you to lose power, there’s likely an overload problem. An overload problem is often a result of home appliances that take up too much energy. A circuit addition can often solve this problem. You may also need to upgrade your electrical system so that the breaker box doesn’t continue to trip so often. A professional electrical contractor can do all the necessary work to improve the functioning of your breaker box and the rest of your electrical system.
Lightning storms and other factors can cause power surges that may damage your electrical equipment and create other hazards that could jeopardize your safety. Surge protectors are available in stores and allow household appliances and other electronics to be plugged into them to safeguard them from power surges. You can also have an electrician put in a power-mounted surge suppressor for additional protection.
Electric shocks that feel like shocks from static electricity can occur when you turn on or off a light switch or a certain appliance. A problem with the light switch or appliance could be causing the shock, or you might have a wiring problem. If you suspect that there’s a problem with an appliance, you could try plugging it into another outlet to see if you experience the same problem when turning the appliance off and on, but it’s usually best to call an electrician to investigate the problem just to be on the safe side.
Solving these common household electrical problems can help keep both you and your home safe. Hiring the most qualified electrical professional to resolve any issues with your system will allow you to have these concerns resolved sufficiently.