Your home is surrounded by electrical systems like water heaters, television sets, computers, and other appliances. It is common for you to experience electrical problems. However, failing to spot electrical issues early can lead to serious problems in the future. If you notice any of the following electrical problems, you should consult an electrician immediately.
Tripping Circuit Breaker
When the lights or appliances powered by a single circuit go off, it is because a circuit breaker has tripped. Circuit breakers are designed to go off when there is a short circuit, a ground fault or an overloaded circuit. A ground fault poses the risk of an electric shock in high moisture areas like the kitchen and bathroom. A ground fault circuit breaker detects the risk and shuts off power going to the circuit to prevent electrocution and fires.
An overloaded circuit is one where too many appliances are working at the same time. The circuit wires heat up, and the breaker mechanism is tripped, turning off the electricity. Older homes have a high potential of experiencing this issue since they are not designed to support the wattage for modern appliances. In such cases, you need an electrician to upgrade your electrical system to support higher wattage.
A short circuit is when a hot wire contacts another hot wire or even a neutral wire. A short circuit can also be caused by poor wiring in a device or appliance running on a specific circuit. You need to call an electrician to deal with short circuits in breaker boxes and switches.
Grid issues like a downed line cause flickering lights. However, lights that are continuously flickering, even after you change the bulbs, can be caused by a faulty fixture or a poor wiring. You need to consult an electrician to diagnose the issue and handle the repairs.
It is essential to pay attention to when those flickers occur. For example, you may experience flickering lights during a windy day. Frayed wiring can lead to a short in the electrical system on wind days. Make sure you note the timing of those flickers to help your electrician make an accurate diagnosis.
Outdated Wire Covers and Electrical Systems
Many older homes have wire covers that can sufficiently protect you from electric currents. Furthermore, scraps of rubber near your electrical outlets are warning signs of outdated cable covers. Therefore, the outlet covers and wires are ineffective. Make sure you call an electrician to replace the wire covers with modern covers.
Outdated electrical systems also pose a hazard to your home. Many old homes have electrical systems that do not comply with national standards. Determine whether your electrical system is updated. You need to call an electrician to inspect your system to ensure it is up to the current standards.
For more information on repairs, reach out to a domestic electrical repair technician.