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Why Are My Lights Flickering?

The electrical system in your home makes a lot of your most valued modern conveniences possible, not the least of which is the use of your indoor lighting system. What you cannot afford to forget, though, is that electricity can actually be quite dangerous if it is not used properly within your home. For that reason, you really must take any potential problems with your electrical system very carefully, and that means heeding any and all warning signs that your system is in trouble. One such sign is the development of flickering indoor lighting in Needham Heights, MA.

What Can Cause Flickering Lights?

There are actually quite a few reasons as to why your lights may flicker, and not all of them are terribly serious. However, the only way in which to ascertain whether or not the problem is serious is to hire a professional electrician. That is why there is really no such thing as a “minor” electrical problem, even if it is just a flickering light.

In many instances, a loose bulb is actually the cause of the problem, and that is something of a best case scenario. Tightening the bulb will often fix the problem, though you may also have a bad connection in fixture. If you have multiple flickering lights throughout your home, though, it is probably a different problem.

Another potential cause of the problem is a big draw from larger appliances in the household. If your HVAC system, for instance, is not on a designated circuit, it may draw to heavily upon the system, causing lights throughout the house to flicker. In such an event, upgrading a service panel or redesigning circuits may be necessary.

Finally, and this is a serious one, is faulty wiring. Over time, your wiring may degrade for a number of reasons. You may also have critters on your property that are nibbling at your wires. Damaged wiring can lead to arc faults in your home, which is a serious fire risk. That is why even a flickering light merits a visit from a professional electrician.

Schedule your electrical services with the pros at FB Electrical Services Inc.

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