Look, but don’t touch
When it comes to do-it-yourself projects around your house, unless you are properly trained, you should never attempt to repair an electrical wiring issue. Electricity is dangerous. Trained professionals like the team at Electricraft are your best resource when it comes to repairing electrical problems. That doesn’t mean you can’t take a good look to diagnose the problem ahead of time. Below you’ll find a list of the most common residential electrical problems:
Light it up
Many times, the first electrical problems you’ll notice are the ones you can see. When your lights are flickering, or your recessed lights aren’t working consistently, you need a pro.
Flickering lights are a good indication of a poor connection somewhere in your wiring. A professional electrician can help you find and fix the problem.
Recessed lighting is a great way to light a room without floor lamps and lamp tables cluttering your space. But, if you’re noticing lights out and then eventually back on, you likely are experiencing a temperature increase that’s triggering the fixture’s built-in protection mechanism. If your bulb wattage corresponds with the fixture’s wattage specifications, you may have ceiling insulation against your fixture.
Finding out you have an outlet not working, or worse, and outlet that is a fire hazard, is never going to be at an opportune time. Here’s why you should call a professional:
With the exception of a tripped circuit breaker, if your electrical problem is an outlet not working, that outlet might have burned out. Do not use it, and let your electrician know if you notice blackening around the outlet plugs.
Sparks from an outlet could be a sign of a serious electrical problem. At minimum, a spark is an indication of a quick diversion of power and should resolve itself. However, sparks can also be a result of too much heat building up in the outlet. The persistence of the condition melts the insulation around the wires, putting you at great risk for an electrical fire. A qualified electrician can help diagnose and correct the issue.