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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!

Benefits of Installing De-Icing Wires or Heat Trace This Winter

heat-trace-de-icing-wires-fusion-electricIt’s that time of year again! The time when driveways and sidewalks are slick as can be and the snow shovels are coming out of hibernation. Have you considered the damage this same ice might be doing to your gutters and siding? Today, we’re giving you an inside look at why de-icing wires, also known as Heat Trace tape or cables, are a great investment for your gutters and roof this winter.

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What Are De-Icing Wires/Heat Trace Tape?

De-icing wires are simple, relatively low-cost wires you run along metal piping (such as your gutters) in order to keep the pipes warm and to melt away ice and snow.

Why Use De-Icing Wires?

de-icing-wires-heat-trace-tape-cables-fusion-electric-kcDe-icing wires prevent ice buildup from harming your home. They are especially helpful in preventing ice dams, which are walls of solid ice that form in your gutters that clog them completely which can lead to serious issues. Think of your gutters after fall, with all the leaves jammed inside and before you or a professional cleans them out. If ice dams form while they are already clogged, this will cause snow, ice, and water to overflow and back up onto your roof which may lead to leaks from water seeping in through the cracks.

Additionally, if ice freezes between the shingles on your roof or your siding, it can cause serious problems. When water freezes in between your siding and shingles, it expands. When this melting and refreezing occurs repeatedly, it can lead to permanent damage.

How Are De-Icing Wires Installed?

Although the installation may be fairly simple, because it involves an electric cable and potentially hazardous outdoor work, we strongly recommend hiring a professional to help. Give your trusted Kansas City electrician a call and for more information on installation and your home’s specific needs.

Related Read: Whole House What Protector?

Looking for an electrician you can trust? Give the experts at Fusion Electric a call at (913) 563-7975 or schedule an appointment online today!