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The Most Common Electrical Problems to be Aware Of

There’s a lot of electricity used in your home on a day to day basis. Just think about it – lights, appliances, heating and cooling system, electronic devices – the list goes on and on. At some point, you are going to run into some type of electrical problems.

It can be caused by bad wiring, a power surge, damaged appliance, the fact is, electrical issues can occur at any time. The good news is, while there’s a long list of common electrical problems, there are also a number of solutions to ensure your home remains safe and lit.

Keep reading to learn what some of these issues are.

Flickering Lights

Flickering lights are considered to be one of the most common electrical problems. The first step to fix this problem is to ensure the light bulb is screwed in properly. If that doesn’t work, then you can replace it with a new one. If replacement isn’t successful, then the issue is likely going to be a bad connection. Repairing any wiring issues needs to be left to the professionals, who can safely and properly fix your light fixture.

Light Bulbs that are Burnt Out

If there’s a light bulb that seems to always burn out too quickly, then it’s yet another sign of an electrical problem. It’s very likely that the issue is with the actual bulb. The problem may also lie with the power company if they are delivering more power than the bulb can handle, which is going shorten its lifespan. In some cases, replacing your light bulbs with ones that are able to handle the higher voltage is going to solve the issue.

A Circuit Breaker that Trips Often

At some point, every homeowner is going to deal with a tripped circuit breaker. However, if this problem occurs on a regular basis, it could be caused by several issues. For example, it may be overloaded.

It’s a good idea to test this theory by plugging in several appliances in various outlets. It’s also a good idea to upgrade the electrical panel so it’s able to handle the larger load.

Another issue that may occur is a power surge. This is often caused by power outages and can cause the circuit breaker to trip. Regardless of what is causing the frequent tripping, it’s best to have a professional electrician check out the problem.

Frayed or Damaged Wires

It’s important to be aware of exposed, frayed, or damaged wires. These can all put you at risk of electrical fires and electrocution. Be sure to look for any signs of brown or black stains, cuts, exposed wires, or a bad burning odor. All this is an indication of damaged wiring. If there are damaged wires in your home, it’s a good idea to have them replaced right away.

If you have any of the common electrical problems that are listed here, it’s a good idea to get in touch with a professional electrician. They can inspect your system and provide you with information regarding the repairs or replacements that are needed.