We are surrounded by so many electrical components and systems that impacts our everyday lives in a huge way. We can walk into a room and turn the light on with just a flick of a switch. Some households can do this even without a switch. Maybe you’re turning on your lights with your everyday smart phone. Your house or apartment is full of these electrical wiring, networks for computers, and appliances. With being surrounded and relying on electricity in our day-to-day lives, it’s inevitable that at some point in time we’ll come across some kind of electrical issue. How should you respond in a safe manner and when is the right time or situation to call an electrician? Well you don’t want to wave your hands in the air and panic. That wouldn’t solve anything but increase your body temperature and exhaust you out. Here are some common domestic electrical problems you might come across.
Outlets have contacts that grip the prongs securely for a safety connection. If you notice your plugs slipping out of the same outlet, then this is ground to call your electrician. The receptacle would have to be replaced. It’s not too uncommon to have loose and worn contacts ignite a fire behind the drywall. Prevent disasters by annually checking all outlets in your home.
What if you’re noticing your electrical bills beginning to rise out of control? How can this be an electrical issue? Face it, everything we use including a home is build with many different parts and components. We know this, so it’s not uncommon to think of a domino effect even when a component is not completely connected and related to one another. An electrician can help you to weigh the energy efficiency of your house or apartment, all while they recommend upgrades and replacements. This can help get your electrical bills under control. Old furnaces, and poor insulation can result in higher electrical bills. The same with power we sometimes carelessly leave on for convenience. With just a couple of improvements you’ll be able to save a great deal of money. Find out if any of these improvements are eligible for energy efficiency refunds from government programs.
Is your house old? Does a circuit breaker trips when you use your microwave? Some older homes were not designed to handle high-wattage loads like today’s modern houses. When breakers tripe, overloads results and you may need to upgrade or add on a circuit to adapt for the load. Sub panels can be added on as a less drastic investment. Old fuse panels and fuse boxes that are too small for today’s loads need to eventually be replaced completely.
If you notice your lights flickering on and off, it could be a ghost! Just kidding, flickering lights are often the product of a downed line, grid issue, or other problems deeper along in the system. We do recommend you changing the bulbs before thinking ahead. Even if the bulbs are new, and they continue to flicker, then that’s when you know you have a problem. You can probably blame it on a faulty fixture, or a poor wiring connection. An electrician who is well trained and skilled can diagnose the issue, replace, and repair as needed safely.