Common electrical problems in the home

Common Electricity Household Problems

When dealing with household electrics, your safety is paramount. Flickering lights, high bills and damaged appliances can all be a sign of electrical problems on your home circuit. If you are experiencing any of the following problems, it is best to consult with your local Electrician for advice on how the problem can be safely fixed.

Electrical surges occuring frequently

Electrical surges can be caused by anything from lightning strikes, damage to power lines, faulty appliances and bad electrical wiring in the house. While an actual surge only lasts a microsecond, frequent surges can damage the electrical components connected to your home, degrading their life expectancy significantly.

Your circuit breaker trips frequently

Circuit breakers are designed to trip when a circuit is overloaded. Tripping prevents overheating and eliminates fire hazards. Occasional tripping probably indicates a simple overload, but if it occurs repeatedly, you need to call in an electrician and have them evaluate your entire electrical system.

Warm or sparking outlets and switches

If your light switches are warm to the touch or an outlet is sparking, call a professional electrician immediately to see if your wiring needs repairs or the fixture should be replaced.

Buzzing Sounds

Your outlets and switches should operate silently. If you hear any buzzing, cracking or sizzling sounds when you flip a switch or plug into an outlet, turn off the power to that fixture immediately and consult a professional electrician.

Flickering lights

Flickering lights usually indicate a power surge. These power surges don’t necessarily have to come from a catastrophic event — more than likely, your appliances are making demands on the electrical system that it cannot handle. These surges can take a toll on both your appliances and your electrical fixtures. If flickering lights are a frequent occurrence, it may be time to consider upgrading the wiring in your home.

High electrical bill

Reducing the cost of your electrical bill could include:

  • Switching to a more cost effective provider
  • Identifying electrical devices that may be causing power surges
  • Patching leaks in the hot water system
  • Unplugging appliances and chargers when not in use
  • Repairing damaged wiring or circuits

Circuit overload

One of the biggest causes of frequent circuit breaker tripping is the overloading of power boards. If circuit breakers in your home are tripping frequently, it could be down to circuit overload. Prevent this by:

  • Removing devices that are not in use
  • Be mindful of how you connect devices around the home – what’s in use, and what is unnecessary.

If you are experiencing any of the above household electrical problems, give Ray at Debray Electrics a call on 0414 305 244.



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