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Is Degrading Electrical Wiring Threatening Your Household?

Service technician testing a furnaceOf all the issues that could potentially threaten parts of your household, electrical problems are perhaps the most concerning. After all, while a plumbing problem can inflict water damage and a heating system issue could leave you uncomfortable for a couple of days, electrical wiring problems could cause electrocution and/or house fires.

It’s essential that you have a professional electrician in Andover, MA check the wiring in your home at least every few years. This will substantially decrease the likelihood that a severe problem will occur.

Even with this diligent maintenance, however, there’s still a chance an electrical wiring problem can happen, and therefore we urge all homeowners to be aware of the signs that their home has one. Should any of the following scenarios describe yours, give our team a call right away.

Flickering Lights

Let’s say you’ve seen lights flicker here or there. You may brush it off as a lightbulb going out, or maybe you even think your house is haunted. We don’t know what to tell you about the latter, but we can say with confidence that if multiple lights are flickering in your home then it is most likely due to a short circuit in the electrical system.

Still though, if it’s just one lamp, it may be the lightbulb. Change that first. If that doesn’t work, you’re probably having an issue with that fixture, and it should be replaced. If, however, the flickering is affecting an entire section of your living space, then the short circuit is likely somewhere in the home and you have a bigger problem on your hands.

If you notice this symptom regularly, we really recommend that you call in a pro ASAP, before the problem has the chance to get worse.

Hot Spots

Have you ever touched a switch plate, outlet, or even an area of the wall to notice a warm spot there? If it’s a dimmer switch, this is to be expected (though, it should never be hot to the touch). These hot sports otherwise indicate points in your electrical system where current is flowing in a direction that it shouldn’t be. An electrical current that’s diverted to a point that it isn’t supposed to go throws off energy as heat, which is what you’re feeling.

Hot spots are a sign of a very serious breach in your electrical system—once that could potentially cause a house fire. It’s definitely not a sign to ignore, so be sure to call for at least an inspection so our pros can take a look and assess the situation.

Frequent Circuit Breaker Tripping

The circuit breakers in your electrical panel are designed to protect your home from power surges. When a portion of your home’s electrical system suddenly starts carrying voltage beyond safety limits, the circuit breakers rips and that part of the system is shut down until you reset it.

But if you constantly find yourself resetting various circuit breakers, it’s a sign that your entire electrical system is overloaded and could really benefit from a wiring upgrade.

Contact FB Integrated Solutions Inc. for safe and effective wiring services.

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