When you think of a home electrical problem, you may think they only happen
in older homes, but that’s not the case. Homes of all ages, even
newer homes, can have electrical issues. The good news is that most electrical
problems show warning signs and if homeowners know what to look for, they
can resolve them before they lead to property damage, or worse, a fire
or serious injuries.
As with car problems or any mechanical problem, when you know the signs
of a home electrical problem, you can make the necessary repairs before
the electrical hazard causes property damage and creates a potentially
dangerous situation for the household.
As a homeowner, it’s important to be aware that many electrical problems
need to be diagnosed by a trained professional – they are not DIY
projects. Let’s take a look at three common signs of a home electrical problem:
1. Problems with the circuit breaker.
The purpose of a circuit breaker is to trip when a circuit is overloaded.
When an electrical supply is overloaded, the circuit breaker trips or
shuts it off. By tripping, the circuit breaker prevents the wires from
getting too hot and possibly starting an electrical fire.
Breakers for ex ample, can trip when you have a space heater and a hair
dryer going at the same time, but they can also trip when they’re
old. If you experience occasional tripping, it can be an indication of
a simple overload. If the breakers seem to trip under the same conditions,
try plugging in one of the appliances into a different circuit and see
if that fixes the problem.
If the circuit breaker trips on a regular basis and using different circuits
don’t seem to fix the problem, it’s time to contact an electrician.
Electrical panels should not be handled by untrained people – they require skill and
should only be dealt with by an experienced professional. If your home
was built between 1950 and 1990, check your panel to see if its breakers
were made by Federal Pacific. Their Stab-Lok breakers are not safe and
should be replaced.
2. You have flickering lights.
If your lights are flickering, the culprit could be a loose or defective
light bulb, but if changing the bulb doesn’t stop the lights from
flickering, the cause can have to do with the light fixture itself, the
connections to the light fixture, or the electrical wiring in the circuit
breaker box could be loose. It’s best to consult with an electrician.
3. You notice sparks or a burning odor.
If you see sparks or smell a burning order coming from your electrical
outlets or switches, shut off the power at the electrical panel and contact an experienced
electrician so they can make the necessary repairs. The cause is likely a
wiring or overload problem, or the issue could be a faulty device.
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