When’s the last time you gave much thought to your home’s electrical system? Chances are that unless you’ve experienced a power outage or you’ve had circuit breakers tripping on a regular basis, it was not very recently. It’s important to realize that frayed wires, loose connections, and similar electrical problems are not unique to any one type of household—anyone can experience these problems.
Without appropriate repairs, these problems can short out important appliances or even start a fire. When it comes to repairing electrical problems though, you should only trust a trained and licensed electrician, such as the members of our staff. But the only way to know it’s time to give us a call for repairs is if you know the signs that a repair is needed in the first place. Keep reading to learn about these indicators.
Outlets That Are Warm to the Touch
If any electrical outlet in your home is warmer than the wall that surrounds it, even when nothing is plugged in, your wiring is probably experiencing some trouble. While warmth while something is plugged in is normal, an outlet should never be too hot.
Dimming or Flickering Lights
Intermittent electricity will cause this to happen. This is another sign that something is wrong with the electrical wiring in your home and needs immediate inspection and repairs.
Malfunctioning electrical systems or components will often cause a low buzzing noise, which usually ceases when you cut power to the circuit.
If you notice that the breakers keep tripping on one particular circuit, then you’ve probably overloaded that particular circuit. It could also be a problem with one or more appliances hooked up to it.
You should never see sparks coming from any electrical outlet. If you do, be sure to shut the power off to the affected area immediately, and then call for professional repairs.