As technology evolves, we’re often plugging more and more devices into our home’s electrical outlets. There are also other common electrical problems that can occur around your home, and they will all have an effect on your electrical system in some way or another. There are a few common problems that can happen, but the worst problems are often ones we don’t see.
There are some common household electrical issues that you can solve on your own. However, you’ll definitely need a professional electrician to handle the more serious electrical problems.
Overloaded circuits are generally more user error than anything else. If you overload your appliance with something more than it can handle, you run the risk of breaking the appliance or causing an electrical fire.
For example, every time you buy a new phone it comes with a specific battery charger and cable. It’s not advised to mix and match brand-specific cables, as different phones/providers use different wattage levels. You don’t want to run the risk of dealing with the minuscule chance of a phone exploding. The same thing applies to other household appliances.
Remember, if you’re concerned about your home’s electrical system, speak to a professional at Art Plumbing, Air Conditioning & Electric to have an electrician perform an electrical inspection.
A surge is basically an increase in electrical power that’s at a much higher level than normal. It occurs when your electrical supply is suddenly interrupted and then restarted. The resulting surge sends the increased electrical current throughout your system. Surges can occur due to many external factors; it could be caused by an electrical overload, bad wiring, severe storms, and even downed power lines. It could also mean that you have faulty wiring within your walls that well need to be inspected by an electrician. If this is something you are worried about, one thing you could do to protect your appliances is to invest in a surge protector.
If you need more electrical outlets, you should speak to a licensed electrician. Another extremely common cause of electrical problems in your home is plugging too many plugs in a single outlet. Using multiple power strips or extension cords is only a temporary fix.
For safety reasons, you will need more outlets in your home to be able to safely use your appliances. This ensures you don’t cause an added load on your home’s electrical system.
Fun fact: A good (or bad, depending on how you look at it) sign that you have electrical issues is how well your household lights work. If the lights in your home are too bright or dim, check to see if the wattage of the bulb is correct for the fixture. Keep the wattage of fixture bulbs consistent, if you’re still having issues, it could be a problem with the fixture itself.
Constantly dealing with burnt out light bulbs? It could be a bad batch of light bulbs or there could be issues with the wattage, insulation, or fixture itself.
If your lights are flickering, you may be dealing with faulty wiring. This is not something you can DIY fix to get it up and running again. Call your local electricians to get it resolved as soon as possible, leaving it to chance could result in an electrical fire in your home.
Depending on the age of your home’s electrical system, you could have poor wiring or insulation. It may not have shown up during the initial electrical inspection, but as time marches on, general wear and tear could have taken its toll on your wiring. This is why it’s so important to have preventative maintenance checks each year. You shouldn’t be experiencing any form of electrical shock. This indicates that there is a problem with your household electrical system. Contact an electrician immediately.
DIY is generally not recommended when it comes to handling any household electrical problems. By attempting to fix your electrical issues yourself, you open yourself up to a range of dangerous outcomes that could result in death. Are you concerned about potential electrical problems in your home? Art Can Fix It! Be safe, not sorry. Call Art today at 1-800-475-1504 to schedule an inspection of your home’s electrical system.
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