Since household safety is a priority to most of us, knowing about common electrical problems is essential. Knowing what is normal and what isn’t could save you money in fixes – and could even save you from events like a house fire. Keep reading to check out some of the common electrical problems that could happen around your house.
Your circuit is overloaded
As ironic as it may sound, most of our homes are not able to sustain an entire house full of electronics at all times. Because of this, your circuit may be overloading. If this is happening, try to unplug devices that aren’t being used.
Your light switches aren’t working
If you go to turn on your kitchen light one day and it doesn’t work, it could be the result of faulty or loose wiring. A problem with your wiring could lead to a fire hazard, so make sure to call a professional to get it checked out.
Your outlets are sparking
It’s never good when your outlets feel hot to the touch or start to spark. If this happens or you notice it start to happen, calling a professional right away. A professional electrician will be able to determine whether you have a problem with your wiring or with the fixture itself.
Your circuit breaker keeps tripping
When you have a lot of devices on at once in your house, you may notice that your breakers keep tripping. And that’s okay. If your breaker trips, it means it’s doing its job correctly and protecting your house. If you notice that this keeps happening, try unplugging devices that aren’t being used and lowering the settings on the devices you are using. If the problem persists, call an electrician to take a look at your breaker.
Your lights are either too bright, too dim or flickering
Lighting can be a good indicator to see if you have an electrical problem in your home. If some of your lights are super bright, some are very dim or some are flickering a lot, it’s usually because of a bad main connection for those lights. This problem needs to be fixed at by a professional, so give an electrician a call to check it out.
Knowing what to look out for can be a big help when it comes to electrical problems in your household. Whether you just want something checked or you need an electrical installation to be done, it’s best to contact a professional electrician. And if you don’t know where to start, call Gulf Coast Electric so we can help.