There are many elements that make up your home’s electrical system. Even if one component is faulty, it can cause a series of problems, threatening the safety of you, your loved ones, and your home. Even if electrical problems are subtle, that doesn’t mean they’re not serious. Don’t put off an inspection or wait to call for help. Especially if you live in an older home, your electrical wiring will be outdated and may need more work than that in a new home. If you’re experiencing any of the issues below, do not ignore them. Call a certified electrician right away to solve the problem.
Flickering or dimming lights. This could be caused by a poor connection or faulty wiring. You may notice it especially when a large appliance, like the heater or air conditioner, kicks on. Or even if you turn on the microwave. It’s also possible that there is damage to the wiring of the fixture.
Buzzing or sparking outlets. If this is happening, there is probably some loose wiring in the circuit box. The outlet should be repaired or replaced immediately. Sparks and strange noises are an obvious sign that something is wrong. A single spark could cause a major fire.
Non-working outlet. First, check to see if a circuit is blown or the breaker is tripped. The solution here would simply be to reset the breaker. If that’s not the case, there could be loose or damaged wiring causing a break in the connection.
Popping lightbulbs. This problem means that’s is a bad connection and is a serious safety hazard.
Frequent tripped breakers. It’s one thing if you trip the breaker once in a blue moon. But if you notice it happening on a regular basis, there could be too much power on the circuit. One thing that may trigger this issue is by plugging too many things into the same outlet. If you don’t think you’re overloading the circuit, it could be a problem with the wiring.
Hot outlet or plate covers. It’s normal for them to be warm to the touch, but they shouldn’t be scorching hot. This definitely indicates a wiring problem that should be addressed immediately.