Home Improvement

3 common residential electrical problems and how to fix them

You might not be the only one dealing with damaged appliances or flickering light issues; millions of houses experience the same electrical defects and faults. Before the hazardous voltage charges evolve into something severely harmful, it is important to identify the disguised problem. 

When homeowners are left to their own devices against electrical issues, the complicated network of wires can easily mislead anyone. If you feel that the complexity of your electrical concerns is above your ordinary skills, we recommend contacting a level 2 electrician instead.

Verify if any of the problems mentioned below in this article appear in your home, as well as locate the most appropriate solution.  

Electricity Surges, Dips or Sags

A surge of electricity occurs when the power lines experience spikes and inconsistent increase of charge. This will lead to current overflow in your home outlets and damage your sensitive appliances like fridge and television. Dips or sags refer to intermittent dops in voltage that causes erratic light dimming and the speed of your ceiling fan, also known as “brown-outs”.

Power surges are commonly caused due to lightning strikes or slip-ups from the power company. To protect your home equipment from such voltage irregularity, you can get panel-mounted surge suppressors or plug-in suppressors on individual faulty outlets. Voltage Stabilizer is another tool you can use to protect your home appliances from infrequent supply of electric charge from the power lines.

Flickering Lights

Firstly, identify if flickering of light fixtures occurs in a single room or throughout the house. If all the lights flicker, then the source of the problem would be faulty main power panel or weather-head. If flickering is restricted to a single indoors panel board or a room, examine the switch and board connections.

Commonly, light flicker due to a bad switch or a loose switch wiring. Both of which can be repaired easily. Another reason for flickering is overlamping, the use of a light bulb with a wattage that is higher than the fixture’s recommended amount. Always stay within the correct wattage range when installing light fixtures.

Frequent Circuit Breaker Tripping

High wattage appliances like microwaves and hairdryers are common suspects to overload the circuit and cause the breakers to trip. Circuit Breakers monitor and limit the power flow in your home’s outlet and would trip if your appliances cross the electricity usage limit. 

Spread your electrical usage across the house evenly and do not switch multiple high watt devices on a single circuit. You can also resume using your appliances on a lower setting, so it does not trip the breaker. Also invest in lower wattage home appliances which will consume reduced levels of wattage and not overload the circuit.

Adopt a regular checking regime of wiring connections and use of appliances. Many of the electrical problems can be located by being mindful of any power surges or flickering. The most important matter is the safety of you and your loved ones. If electrical problems are persistent, contact an electrician and get your electrical issues sorted timely.