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Power outages are inconvenient, but they’re also dangerous. Without power, you won’t have heat or air conditioning. You’ll lose water pressure, and your security system will shut down.
It’s important to pay attention to the little signs so you can prevent bigger, more costly issues down the road.
Here are the most common home electrical problems that should be addressed right away.
Common home electrical problems include loose outlets, which present a serious hazard. Loose outlets can create sparks and cause electrical issues.
Even if there is no spark, a loose outlet can cause a low-voltage short, which shortens the life of the appliance and can even cause it to malfunction.
Inspect all of your electrical outlets for signs of a loose connection, especially if your appliances frequently trip the electrical breaker. To test a loose outlet, simply plug a working lamp into it and check to see if it is secure.
Tripped Circuit Breakers
They are also triggered by an overload on the circuit or a short circuit caused by faulty wiring or a faulty appliance. When a breaker trips, the circuit is interrupted, causing the electricity to shut off in the part of the house connected to that circuit.
Regular maintenance and inspection of electrical systems can help to prevent issues with circuit breakers tripping. It is best to have an electrician inspect the wiring and breaker box annually to ensure the safety of your home and know the difference between breakers vs fuses.
Faulty Ground Wires
Ground wires provide a path for current to flow in the event of a faulty appliance or damaged wiring, and they can easily become damaged over time due to wear and tear.
Ground wires should also be disguised behind walls. Be securely attached to both the main power supply and the appliance being powered. Even the slightest of wire damage can easily lead to unsafe electrical currents entering a home, resulting in a potentially dangerous situation.
Flickering Lights and Sparks
If a light in a room is flickering, the first question is whether the circuit needs to be reset. When this fails to solve the problem, the cause could also be caused by a fault in the light itself.
Worn insulation on the fixture’s wires, a loose connection, or an overloaded circuit.
The issue can usually be also identified by flickering or sparks. If sparks appear, the issue should also be addressed immediately as the problem could become more serious.
If a circuit breaker has to be also flipped frequently, it could be indicative of an overloaded circuit.
Learn About Electrical Problems
Common electrical problems in the home can be complex and difficult to diagnose. Having a basic understanding of electrical systems can help you identify and fix the issue.
If you need help, always contact a licensed electrician to ensure a safe resolution. So if you do experience any electrical issues in the home, take these steps and get the help you need!
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