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The Most Common Signs of a Failing or Problematic Home Electrical System

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While electrical system issues can occur at any time and in any home, they are much more likely in older structures. While this is true, most electrical problems will create warning signs that indicate attention is needed. Make sure never to ignore signs of electrical issues, or it may get worse and become a more serious problem.

It’s important to learn about the symptoms of an electrical issue so you can address then and prevent a safety risk that may cause property damage or injuries. While you have the option to try to troubleshoot these issues on your own, it’s best to hire the pros for the best results.

Some of the most common signs your home electrical system needs repairs or attention can be found here.

The Circuit Breaker Trips Regularly

If something goes wrong with your electrical system, your circuit breaker will trip. This is a safety feature that allows the breaker to shut off the supply of power to prevent accidents and other issues. Some of the most common causes of tripping circuit breakers is the age of the breaker and an overloaded circuit.

Trips from time to time are no reason to worry too much, as this may have occurred due to a simple overload. This is especially true if you are using several appliances at the same time. In most cases, you can avoid this by plugging one of the offending appliances into another circuit.

However, if the tripping begins to happen more often, it’s time to call an electrician. This is the safest option when it comes to having your circuit breaker inspected. If you don’t have the proper training or prior experience, don’t try to do this on your own.

Mild Electrical Shocks

Have you noticed a slight tingling sensation when you touch an appliance? If so, it may be due to faulty electrical wiring or a ground fault.

If you are shocked as you cross carpeting, it is likely the cause of static and no reason for concern. However, when other electrical shocks occur in your home, you need to have the problem inspected right away to avoid the possibility of a more serious accident or injury.

Hot Ceiling Fixtures

Be sure to check your ceiling from time to time – especially the areas where the light fixtures are installed. See if the ceiling feels hot near the light fixture. You should also look for any loose contacts or cracks in the light fixture. If everything seems fine, but the light still won’t come on, it’s best to call an electrician to inspect the system and replace the light, if needed.

Burning Smell or Sparks from Switches or Outlets

Have you noticed a burning smell from an outlet or switch in your home? If so, turn your electrical panel off and contact an electrician for help. If there is a burning smell, it may indicate there’s an electrical fire that is beginning to develop. This is a cause for alarm and requires attention.

If your home electrical system shows any of these signs, it’s time for the pros to help. Contact Fusion Electric today!

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