Some homeowners assume they can easily solve minor electrical issues on their own, like repairing flickering lights or faulty breakers. However, seemingly minor electrical issues may turn out to be complex problems that require the expertise of a professional. Many homeowners don't have the knowledge or certification required to solve such complex electrical problems.
Here are some common electrical problems that you should always leave to a professional electrician.
1. Overloaded Power Points
Do you have numerous devices plugged into one outlet? Overloaded power boards and power points are not safe and can exceed your electrical system's capacity. If you have concerns about overloading your circuits, call an electrician to install more receptacles and outlets to fit your needs.
2. Outdated Wire Covers
Many older homes have cloth wire covers that are not sufficient to protect homeowners from electric currents. Additionally, black scraps of rubber near outlets are also a sign that your cable covers are outdated. These signs are often an indication that wire and outlet covers are ineffective. Contact an electrician to replace cloth wire covers with rubber or plastic covers in your home.
3. Unstable Outlets and Lights
Call an electrician if you notice flickering or dimming lights when motorised appliances are plugged in. Some motorised appliances use excessive amounts of electricity that can exceed a power point's recommended capacity.
These power points require an electrician to install an individual circuit to the outlet to function properly. Motorised appliances that require an individual circuit include refrigerators and air conditioning units.
4. Faulty Breakers
If you have fuses that blow out often or your breakers trip regularly, call an electrician. These minor concerns are often a sign of a more complex issue involving your electrical circuits. Simply resetting the breaker or replacing the fuse may not fix the problem. In fact, these quick solutions can often cause even more damage to your electrical system over time.
5. Deteriorating Panels
If you notice moisture or rust under your home's primary service panel, get in touch with an electrician immediately. Rust and residue are common indicators of a more serious issue with wiring connections inside the electric panel.
An electrician can accurately identify and resolve any issues, as well as prevent any rust problems in the future.
6. Electric Shocks
You should never feel any sort of an electric shock when connecting electrical appliances to an outlet. If you do experience an electric shock when plugging in appliances or turning on lights, contact an electrician immediately.
Remember that even minor shocks are signs for potential electrocution or a fire sometime in the future. Electric shocks are often the results of frayed wires within the system that could cause these more serious issues.
7. Improperly Placed Cords
If you have electrical cords running under rugs or around the edges of your rooms, call an electrician to install more convenient outlets. Exposed cables or wires can pose serious safety risks. By including more outlets in your home, you can eliminate awkward and unsafe wiring from running across the rooms in your home.
8. Outdated Electrical Systems
Many older homes no longer have electrical systems that comply with national codes and standards. If you haven't updated your electrical system in more than 25 years, you could have an outdated or hazardous electrical system. Contact an electrician to inspect your system and determine if the current electrical system is up-to-date or needs replacing.
If you notice one or more of these electrical problems in your home, consult with an electrician immediately. Most electrical issues can cause damage to your home or injure you and your family. Trust the expertise of a certified electrician to help you and your family avoid electrical hazards in your home.