If there are electrical problems occurring in your home, it could be very dangerous.
According to studies, there are more than 50,000 house fires that occur each year as a result of issues with electricity.
Here are 5 common signs that there is an electrical problem within your home.
Sign #1: Unusual Smells
We have all witnessed unusual smells produced by new appliances and other electrical-based products upon first use.
These are often associated with the paint or materials utilized during the manufacturing process.
In most instances, the smell quickly dwindles and all is well; however, if you use an electrical outlet that emits a smell or you find that your box that contains your fuses or breakers is emitting an unusual smell, there is an issue that should be dealt with immediately by a licensed electrician.
Sign #2: Odd Buzzing Noises
If there is a power issue in your home, you may start to hear odd buzzing noises. All of the outlets and the switches throughout your home should operate in a quiet manner.
If you hear any odd noises – be it buzzing, cracking, or sizzling – when you turn something on or plug something in, there is a problem.
The source of power to that item should be eliminated immediately and a professional electrician should be called in to evaluate the issue so that it may be corrected.
Sign #3: Unusual Dimming and/or Flickering in Lights
If you find that the lights throughout your home are dimming or flickering, it is time to determine if the wiring within the home must be replaced and/or upgraded. In most instances, this issue stems from internal power surges.
It typically happens because appliances and other items throughout the home are placing a large demand on the electrical system of the home; however, if not dealt with in a timely manner, it could result in a lot of complications.
Sign #4: Bulbs Constantly Burning Out
In many instances, going through a lot of light bulbs in a short amount of time could indicate a power issue within the home. The bulb could just be too high in wattage; however, this is normally not the case if it is occurring regularly.
It could indicate a close connection to insulation, faulty wiring within the circuit, bad wiring within the main electrical system, too much wattage running on the line – as a whole – or, a poor connection.
If you go through a lot of light bulbs, it is time to enlist the assistance of an electrical professional.
Sign #5: Repeated Circuit Breaker Trips
When a circuit experiences an overload, it is designed to trip a circuit breaker.
This process helps to prevent overheating of the electrical system and assists in eliminating hazards that may cause a fire.
If it happens once or twice, it indicates that you are only overloading the circuit; however, if it continues to happen, it means that you need an evaluation of the whole electrical system of your home.
What to Do
If you are having any of these issues in your home, it is time for an electrician. We here at Hardcore Electric can help. We specialize in residential, commercial, and industrial electric work; therefore, bringing you the highest level of expertise and knowledge.