The electrical system of your home is one of its most important components, and also one of the most hazardous. Frayed wires, loose connections, and similar issues can crop up almost anywhere in your home, and dry air that we often get in the winter can make it even worse.
Without appropriate, and safe, repairs, frayed wires or loose connections can short out important appliances or even start a fire. It’s important to remember, too, that only a highly trained and experienced electrician should attempt repairs on this system. But how do you know if you even need repairs? Are there any tell-tale signs? Yes! Keep reading to learn more.
Perhaps this seems normal, particularly if you have something plugged into the outlet at the time. However, if an outlet is warmer than the wall that surrounds it, then there is likely a problem with your wiring. In some cases, an outlet can get a little warm when it’s plugged in, but it should never be hot to the touch.
Flickering or Dimmed Lights
Lights that are dimmer than they should be, or flicker when you turn them on, are probably receiving intermittent electricity. This means trouble somewhere in the wiring system.
Malfunctioning electrical components can cause a low buzzing noise, which will typically stop when you cut power to that particular circuit.
If your breakers keep tripping on one particular circuit, then chances are that circuit is overloaded. It may also be an issue with one or more appliances hooked up to it.
Sparks from any electrical outlet are serious and should never be ignored. Be sure to shut off power to the affected area right away before calling in a technician. In some cases, the problem might actually be with the appliance hooked up to the outlet and not the outlet itself.