5 Warnings Signs of Electrical Problems
We understand that not everyone can be fully qualified electricians. While you may be able to wire a plug and change a light bulb, there are many more complicated electrical tasks which take years of training and advanced safety knowledge to complete. It is important to be able to recognise when you need the assistance of a professional so we’ve put together this list of 5 warning signs of electrical problems. If you notice any of the following in your home or even office, contact Detail Electrical Services for fast emergency help.
1. Flickering lights
This is a surprisingly common problem which families may live with for many years. While it can be completely harmless and never develop into a bigger problem, flickering or even dimming lights can be symptoms of a much more serious electrical issue. For example, if your lights flicker when you turn a particular appliance on or off, this could symbolise a serious electrical or wiring problem. Before calling out emergency electricians once you notice this problem, check that none of the affected bulbs are loose. If they are all secure, it is highly advised to obtain the services of a licensed electrician to check your entire electrical system.
2. The smell of burning from outlets and/or appliances
There’s no smoke without fire and there is usually not the smell of burning without something getting overheated either. When this sign is located within your electrical systems, you have big problem. Stop using the affected appliance or outlet at once, because the smell of burning can quickly escalate to a fire. Unplug the appliance and shut off the power to the outlet before calling a qualified electrician.
3. Sparking electrical outlet
If you see sparks coming from an outlet when you plug something in, you have a problem. Although this can be a small, easily fixed problem, if neglected this can cause serious electrical shocks and even start fires. Stop using the outlet at once if you notice sparking on a regular basis and call a qualified electrician to come and determine the cause and then provide a solution.
4. Repeated problems with your circuit breaker
If your circuit breaker often switches off or needs to be reset, there’s probably something wrong with your wiring. Similarly, you may have overloaded your system and need to upgrade. Often households will replace the fuse box itself but this rarely solves the fundamental problem and is just a waste of money. For a full system diagnosis, a qualified electrician should be called.
5. Inexplicable electrical shocks
It is not uncommon to experience a static shock when walking over your carpet but other, repeated, unexplained shocks could be caused by serious electrical problems. If you receive a shock when you touch an outlet, appliance or switch-plate, this could be a wiring issue or a hazardous ground fault. If you are experiencing shocks like this, make an appointment with a qualified electrician at once.
Do you need an emergency electrician? Call Detail Electrical Services today and book an appointment with one of our fully qualified, licensed experts.