Your electrical system is one of the most important components of your household: providing power not only for appliances like computers, but for your heating and cooling system, your refrigerator, and the lights themselves. Good electrical wiring is built to last a long time, but when problems arise, you need a qualified electrician to sort them out. Electricity is one of the most powerful tools of the modern age, but without proper training and licensing, electrical repairs can become very dangerous. The moment you spot the signs of trouble with your electrical system, don’t attempt to fix it yourself. Turn off power to the affected area and call in a professional to deal with the issue.
With that in mind, the question becomes what constitutes trouble for your electrical system. Generally speaking, any sign that the system isn’t functioning as expected is cause for concern. More specifically, look for the following signs that something is wrong:
- Damaged Wiring. Damaged wiring can create sparks that could cause a fire, and possibly short out any appliances connected to them as well. This includes wiring with the insulated sheaths torn, bare tips, nicks, or damage from corrosion. It can also include wiring damaged by screws, nails, or the like.
- Warm Spots. Damaged wires will exhibit excess heat, which can create warm spots around the affected area: particularly outlets and light switches.
- Signs of Burning. This can include scorch marks, soot, blackened spots, and the smell of smoke: created by faulty wiring.
- Flickering Lights. If the lights flicker or fail to turn on at all, there’s usually a problem requiring professional attention to correct. The same holds true for dimming lights.
- Circuit Breakers. A tripped circuit breaker isn’t a bad thing: in fact, it’s there precisely to prevent damage to your electrical system. If the breaker keeps getting tripped no matter how often you reset it, however, it’s usually a sign of something serious afoot.
- Strange Sounds. Electrical wiring or other electrical circuits can emit a buzzing or humming noise in the event of a problem. In most cases, the noise will start and stop with the flow of power through the affected part of the system.
- Exposed Wiring. This isn’t necessarily an emergency situation, merely one where exposed wires can cause a problem. This includes extension cords and other cables as well. If they’re exposed, someone can trip over them or pull them out of their housings: possibly damaging any appliances they are connected to in the process.
- Higher Bills. Sometimes, it might not be anything specifically wrong that induces you to call an electrician. But faulty components can lead to increased power use, which can, in turn, lead to an unexpected spike in your monthly electrical bills. If you spot such a spike and haven’t used any electrical systems more often than normal, it pays to call in a professional to get to the bottom of it.
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