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COMMON ELECTRICAL SERVICES YOU MAY REQUIRE

 

Did you know that the third highest cause of structural fires in the United States is due to electrical faults? Flexing your “DO IT Yourself” muscles is not advisable when it comes to electricity, especially when you have highly trained, licensed, and experienced technicians who can assist with any electrical services you may need.

ELECTRICAL SERVICES TRAINED ELECTRICAL TECHNICIANS PROVIDE

Licensed and trained electricians can provide the following services at residential and commercial properties:

  • Electrical set up and rewiring
  • Electrical panel installation, upgrading, and replacement
  • Whole house surge protection
  • Outlet installation and repair
  • Ceiling fan installation and repair
  • All lighting requirements – fixture installation, replacement, and repair
  • Smoke and carbon monoxide detector installations
  • Exhaust fan installations
  • Pool and hot tub wiring
  • Electrical safety inspections
  • All electrical maintenance and repairs

SEVEN COMMON ELECTRICAL REPAIRS & SERVICES

Electrical contractors are specially trained to deal with any electrical emergency, but there are a few common issues that they are called out for more often.

Some of these problems include:

LIGHTS DIM, BUZZ, OR FLICKER

Dimming, buzzing, or flickering lights are a very common problem. The main reason that lights buzz, flicker, or dim are:

  • The wiring is outdated and needs upgrading.
  • There are too many appliances running off the circuit or there is a fault in the circuit.
  • The switch is faulty and needs replacing.
  • The bulb is loose and needs to be tightened.

THE LIGHT SWITCH IS BUZZING OR NOT WORKING

The main reasons that a light switch would be giving problems are:

  • It has not been connected correctly.
  • There is a problem with the wiring.
  • The switch is broken.

THE CIRCUIT BREAKER KEEPS TRIPPING

Electricians often have to respond to call of power tripping. There are a few reasons that this could be happening:

  • There may be a problem with a specific appliance that causes the circuit to trip when it is plugged in.
  • There may be an arc fault – a loose screw in the terminal connection in the switch or outlet.
  • The appliances used are drawing too much current and the wiring needs to be upgraded.
  • There is a short circuit – a hot wire is touching a neutral wire.
  • The circuit breaker is old or worn and needs replacing.

THE OUTLETS ARE NOT WORKING..

Whether it is only one, or all the outlets that are dead, an electrician needs to be called to investigate the cause. Some causes of dead outlets are:

  • One or numerous fuses have tripped.
  • There is a fault in the electrical wiring.
  • The outlet is faulty.

THE PLUG IS HOT OR CAUSES A SHOCK OR TINGLING FEELING WHEN TOUCHED

You should not use the appliance or outlet if the plug feels hot, is blackened, or causes a shock or tingling feeling when touched. On investigation the electrician may find:

  • The outlet is faulty and needs to be replaced.
  • The wiring is faulty.
  • The appliance is faulty.

THE ELECTRIC BILL IS VERY HIGH

An abnormally high electric bill should be investigated and could be a result of:

  • A fault in the electrical wiring or circuit.
  • A leakage in the electrical system.
  • Outdated appliances that are drawing too much current.

ELECTRICAL UPGRADING

When the wiring is old or the client is doing renovations to his property, an electrician will be required to:

  • Replace an old, too small, or outdated panel.
  • Install more lights, ceiling fans, light switches, and/or outlets.
  • Replace or upgrade the existing wiring.

 

Lights flickering? Circuit breaker tripping? Outlet on the fritz? It’s time to call in a pro! Only the most savvy homeowners should consider a DIY approach to electrical issues. The rest of us—and that means pretty much all of us—should make haste to call a licensed electrician. But considering the complexity of most home circuitry, even calling an expert can be an intimidating process.

But it doesn’t have to be. Electricians are people, too! Understand how they think—and the semisecret things they wish all homeowners knew before whipping out the iPhone. So follow these pro-approved tips. Your electrician will thank you. And you’ll thank us! (We call this a win-win.)

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Lights flickering in house: Why it happens

Lights can flicker for a number of reasons, some of which are harmless and others hazardous. A lamp or light fixture with a loose lightbulb or plug can flicker—that’s no big deal.

Light dimmers with incompatible lightbulbs (such as LEDs) can flicker when they’re set on low. Fortunately, this is not a dangerous situation either, however annoying it may be.

“The only solution is to try a different type or brand of LED light, or change the dimmer itself,” suggests Orr.

Another rare reason for flickering lights has to do with having some large electrical load outside the house, such as in a factory operating nearby, Orr says. “This is not generally dangerous to the household, but can reduce the life of appliances and should be reported.”

The most dangerous flickering indicates that “there is a loose connection in the house somewhere between where the electrical service enters the house and the light,” Orr says. This should be addressed ASAP.

Lights flickering in house or dimming when an appliance is running  

Some people may observe unusual activity only when an appliance is running.

“If the lights dim when an appliance starts (and perhaps brighten after a second or so), the most likely explanation is that the wiring is inadequate from the service entrance to the appliance,” Orr says.

“If it is a flicker, not a dimming, then either the appliance is drawing a large and varying current, which is quite unusual in households, or the appliance is literally causing something to vibrate and loosen a connection,” he adds. “Or if the lights are on dimmers, the dimmers are being interfered with by the characteristics of the appliance,” Orr says.

This type of interference is unusual, but the prevalence of Wi-Fi and electronics in general are making it more common than before.

Should you fix lights flickering in house yourself or call an expert?

Some level of DIY troubleshooting can be effective. If a dimmer switch is suspected, try replacing an LED bulb with a traditional incandescent bulb to see if that solves the problem.

However, if the problem requires more than a simple fix like changing a lightbulb, consult a professional electricians

“Other signs of electrical problems include blown fuses or tripped circuit breakers, unusual sounds (such as sizzling or cracking), and burning smells emitting from an appliance,” says Raymond Williams, battalion chief of the Birmingham Fire and Rescue Service Department in Birmingham, AL. These situations all require the intervention of an electrician.

Since overloaded circuits can cause flickering, Williams warns against plugging washing machines, dryers, wall air conditioners, and microwaves into extension cords or power strips.

“These appliances should be plugged directly into the outlet,” he says, “and if you don’t have enough, an electrician can add additional outlets or circuits.”

When in doubt, Williams says it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

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