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The Basics: Troubleshooting Tips for When Your Lights Won’t Turn On

fusion-electric-3A17-troubleshooting-for-lights-outSometimes we take advantage of the fact that when we flip a switch, the light comes on. We fail to understand all of the things that must be working properly in order for this to happen. When the day comes that you flip the switch and nothing happens, try these simple troubleshooting tips to diagnose the problem before contacting an electrician:

Related Read: Electrical Troubleshooting: Is It the Wiring of the Light or the Wiring of Your Home

Check the Basics

Despite how certain you are that the lamp is plugged in or that you flipped the right switch, check anyways. Far too often the obvious and simple are the most overlooked cause and sometimes even the culprit. Sometime a cord can come loose, or your forgot to flip the switch that powers a specific outlet, double and triple-check that everything is plugged in correctly.

Related Read: An Electrician’s Guide to Power Outages

Inspect the Physical

You are checking for more than the obvious here, such as the bulbs and cords. Be sure to unplug anything before inspection. For such fixtures as overhead or fluorescent lights, do a visual inspection of the housing unit. Anything such as a bad bulb or broken cord should be apparent. Often times a wire can become frayed causing it to no longer function properly. These are the things that might not seem apparent until a thorough inspection.

Related Read: 5 Warning Signs That Your Home’s Electrical System is Outdated

Circuit Breaker

The circuit breaker could have shut off a circuit for any number of reasons. Checking for any issues here should be quickly resolved by switching on any breaker-switch that may have been activated. If you’re not familiar with the circuit breaker for you home, consider calling an electrician.

Outlet Tester

If the breaker switch didn’t resolve the problem and the light is on a circuit that is active, then a bad outlet may be the issue. Likely it’s an outlet that no longer has power running to it, using a test kit will quickly alert you if this is where the problem exists.

These quick fixes and tips will work often, and restore life back to normal. If you are still in the dark then contact us to get help or answers for any of your electrical questions.

Electrical Troubleshooting: Is It the Wiring of the Light or the Wiring Of Your Home

Electrical Troubleshooting Kansas City

We don’t fully appreciate all of our modern conveniences. Take the fact that you can light up a room with the flick of a switch or the turn of the knob on a reading lamp. It’s only when that flick of the switch, or twist of the knob, fails to produce any light that you realize how fortunate you are to have electricity. Sometimes it’s not a power outage that’s causing the light to fail. It could be a larger problem within your home that will require a little detective work to discover how to fix the problem.

If you’re not sure where to start, here are some troubleshooting tips to try when your lights won’t turn on:

Start With the Simple Stuff

Sometimes it’s the most obvious things that cause all the trouble. Start by examining  the light bulb. Maybe it’s burned out, so you just need to grab a replacement. If it’s a lamp, make sure it’s plugged into an outlet! While an occasional flickering light normally indicates an issue with the bulb, constant flickering throughout your home could likely mean that there’s an overload on the electrical system. This is an issue that will definitely require the attention of a professional. If you experience consistent flickering call the professional electricians at Fusion Electric at 913-648-9487, or contact us online for quick service and professional results!

Grab a Flashlight and Head to the Power Panel

It could be a “tripped” circuit breaker. Sometimes a power surge can cause a circuit breaker to trip (cut off power) to a particular area of your home and  simply flipping it back on can often solve the problem. The circuit breaker is the electrical system’s defense against voltage spikes and sudden fluctuations. While the occasional “tripped” breaker is nothing to be alarmed about, a consistent issue may indicate a serious problem with the breaker panel or somewhere else within the electrical system.

Test the Outlet

Get yourself an OHM-meter (a circuit tester) at the hardware store to stock in your toolbox for this and similar situations in the future. Test the outlet you’ve plugged your lamp into, to make sure it’s got power. If there’s no power, it’s possible you’ve got wiring troubles in the electrical wiring connected to that outlet. Time to call a licensed electrician! Electrical projects involving wiring are not a DIY project.

Check the Socket

Inside the socket of a lamp, or a ceiling fixture, there’s a copper or brass tab. If the tab gets bent or “mashed down”, the business end of the light bulb can’t make contact, and won’t light, even though there’s power flowing into the socket. Turn off the breaker that controls that light fixture, reach in with something made of wood or plastic, and bend the tab back up to a 15-20 degree angle. This problem is more common than you think.

Call a Pro

After you’ve tried “all of the above” and nothing works, it’s time to pick up the phone and call a professional — a licensed electrician. Electricity is too dangerous to mess with and you definitely don’t want to risk a serious shock or worse for the sake of an unlit lamp or ceiling fixture!

In Kansas City, call the professionals at Fusion Electric at 913-648-9487, or contact us online for quick service and professional results!

Troubleshooting Tips When Your Lights Won’t Turn On

Light Bulb OnYou walk through your garage, into your kitchen to set down the groceries, flip the light switch, and . . . nada. This annoying problem is quite common. No need to panic when the lights won’t turn on. The next time this happens to you, make sure you rule out any of these possibilities before you call for help. This can save you hassle and money.

Check The Bulb

First things first. Check the bulb(s). Is the bulb loose in its socket? Does it need to be screwed in a little tighter? Is the bulb blown and needs to be replaced? If you answered no to all of the above, time to move onto the next step.

Make Sure It Is Plugged In

If the light that won’t turn on is in a lighting fixture that requires a plug-in to an electrical outlet, check the outlet. Is it plugged in? Is it loose? Many times electrical plugs can come loose when moving furniture close by, or if someone trips over a cord sticking out too far. If none of these questions solved the problem, try the next test.

Try the Circuit Breaker

Are there any switches out of place? All the power in your home has to go through your service panel and circuit breakers to get to the place you need it. Sometimes a blown switch or a power surge can cause your circuit breaker to cut off power to certain outlets and parts of your home, and they just need to be reset with the flick of a switch. If flipping the switch back and forth didn’t return power, try this next test.

Related Read: What Is a Power Surge & How to Protect Your Home From One

Test the Outlet

Buy a $3 circuit tester at your local hardware store and test the outlet(s) that is of concern. The reading will tell you if power is still flowing. If not, you could have an unseen electrical wiring issue behind the walls of your home. At this point, there’s not much else you can do yourself, unless you are a skilled electrician.

Call the Experts

When all else fails, call the electrician team in Kansas City that you trust at Fusion Electric. Call us at 913-563-7975, and we’ll have you fixed up in no time with no hassle.