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Common symptoms of home electrical problems

10/20/14

Sparks from outlets are a sign of electrical trouble

There are many electrical problems that can spring up in your home, but it can be tough to recognize them. How do you know when it’s time to call an electrician? Here are some key signs that you may need electrical repairs in your home.

  1. Flickering or blinking lights. If your lights are always flickering and blinking - despite the fact that the bulbs are screwed in tightly - there may be something wrong with your electrical circuits. It’s especially important to call an electrician if this problem is not limited to one room but occurs throughout your entire home. 
  2. Electrical shocks. Do you get a mild shock every time you touch an appliance or a light switch in your home? This may be a sign that either the appliance is not working properly or there is a problem with the wiring in your home. A qualified electrician can make this determination.
  3. Sparks or burning odors. If you notice a burning odor or there are sparks emitting from any outlets or switches, you should shut off the power in your home to prevent an electrical fire and call an electrician immediately. 
  4. Frequent blown fuses. Have you gotten used to warning your kids not to turn on a hair dryer and the dishwasher at the same time? Blown fuses should not be an everyday occurrence. This may be a sign that there is something wrong with the circuits in your home, and you should call in a qualified electrician to make an assessment. 
  5. Bulbs vary in brightness. Do some lights in your home burn brighter than others? This may seem minor, but it could be a sign of a poor main neutral connection. You may need to consult an electrician. 

While it may be tempting to try to fix an electrical problem yourself, this can be dangerous. Contact a professional to help you handle any issues with the electrical wiring in your home or any electrical appliances.

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