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Ask a Berlin Electrician: Top 3 Signs of Electrical Problems

Posted on January 9, 2014 by admin in Blog, Electrical

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Whether your Berlin residence was recently built or has been there for years, most problems in its electrical system will display some warning signs before they become serious. Being able to recognize these signs and react appropriately can help you know when it’s time to call up Raynor Services to help avert an unsafe electrical situation that could otherwise cause electrocution or property damage. Trying to troubleshoot electrical problems on your own can be highly unsafe so it’s always best to get professional diagnosis and repair. Here is a rundown of the top 3 most common signs of electrical problems in your home:

Flickering Lights: In most cases, flickering lights may be a sign of a defective or loose light bulb. You can usually get rid of this “haunted house” effect by simply replacing the faulty bulb, but if the problem persists, you will need to consult a licensed electrical technician. If not due to the bulb itself, the source of the issue is most likely the light fixture. Other possibilities include the either problems with electrical connections to the fixture or the wiring in your electrical panel may be loose. This type of problem will always require professional diagnosis and repair.

Blown Circuit Breakers: Circuit breakers are designed to trip when a circuit is overloaded. By shutting down the electrical source, the breaker prevents wires from overheating to the point they become a fire risk. Occasional breaker tripping can usually be attributed to simple overloads caused by things like running too many household appliances at once. If overloads are a recurring problem for you, try plugging the appliance into a different circuit. In the event this still doesn’t work, the problem most likely exists within your electrical panel and it is time to call a professional. Working inside an electrical panel requires a trained hand as even with the main breaker shut off, power is still flowing into the panel. A good rule to of thumb is to never replace a circuit breaker or fuse with a higher rated one as this can result in overheating and fire.

Buzzing Sounds: Outlets and switches are never supposed to buzz or hum. If you hear any noise coming from your electrical source, it can often mean you have a faulty device, loose wiring inside the box or arching between the wire conductors and the cover plate. Never try to fix such a problem on your own, especially if the outlet or receptacle in question is warm or hot to the touch. Call your Raynor Services technician to get your electrical system running like normal again.

Don’t let one of these problems persist in your home. Get the electrical experts at Raynor Services on the job today!