The electrical system in your home is complex. This can make it quite intimidating when you start to experience problems. There are problems that you can fix on your own and then there are problems that you need to call in the professionals. Peterkin Electric presents a helpful guide below.
Troubleshooting Home Electrical Problems
Broken light switch. First, turn the circuit breaker off. You will know it’s off when the light goes off on the breaker. Remove the faceplate with a flathead screwdriver, and then remove the light switch with a Philips head screwdriver. Test the wires connected to the screw for electricity. Only disconnect and reassemble the light switch when you’re sure there is no electricity.
Loose electrical outlet plug. The first step is to turn the breaker off. It’s also smart to check for voltage to the outlet with a voltmeter to be sure. You can then take the cover plate off and add shims until the outlet lays flush with the wall.
Simple short circuit. When an electrical appliance trips or short circuits you can simply reset the breaker. If this continues to happen with the same appliance you will know it’s the appliance and not the electrical system. If you discover it’s more than a simple short you will need the pros.
Damaged or cut extension cord. First, unplug both ends. Cut off the old plug and gently score and peel back the insulation jacket. Using a wire stripper, strip each wire and then twist each wire tightly at the end. Then you can screw them into the back of the plug: black to gold; white to the silver screw; green to the green screw. Once that’s done you can close the plug and secure the wires.
When to Call an Electrician for Electrical Problems
Light bulbs that burn out quickly too often. Light bulbs that burn out too frequently might be more serious than overuse. There may be a loose connection in the socket or the circuit. If this problem is occurring and you have recessed lighting it might be that nearby insulation is overheating. Recessed lighting is designed to shut off to prevent fire.
Lights that dim or flicker. Poor connections are usually the cause of lights the flicker and dim. It can also occur when connections have become loose and/or corroded. The intermittent contact can cause overheating, sparking, and fire.
Dead electrical outlets. Dead outlets can occur when there’s a poor connection or a tripped breaker caused from excessive heat buildup that results in melted wires or outlets.
Warm switches and outlets. Warm switches are a serious problem unless it’s a dimming switch. You need to have this problem looked at by a professional electrician.
Breakers that trip frequently. Breakers will trip when the circuit is overloaded and using too much electricity. You have tow options: add a circuit or consider upgrading your electrical system.
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Some DIY projects are safe to take on yourself, some are not. The best way to avoid any problems with electricity in the home is to seek the advice of a professional. If you aren’t sure, don’t DIY. Give Peterkin Electric a call today!