Here’s an important safety tip: if you notice a burning smell emanating from an outlet or light fixture in your home DO NOT IGNORE IT.
In most cases, the smell you’re picking up on will be linked to singed or overheating electrical wires and devices. These often emit a distinct burning odor when they are in need of repairs or maintenance. Your first and most important step should be to get the fixture or outlet repaired by a Raynor Services professional electrician.
For standard incandescent light fixtures, burning smells may arise if you’re using an over-sized bulb or a higher wattage than is recommended. Make a habit of always confirming that the rating of the fixture and the wattage of the bulb match and never exceed the wattage recommended.
If the burning smell doesn’t vanish after a simple bulb swap, you could have a loose electrical. A loose connection can resist normal electrical flow. And that resistance causes heat which can emit that burning smell you’re noticing.
You might also have a loose electrical connection in the outlet box. The bottom line is that if you notice any strong smells near outlets, electrical boxes, or light fixtures, these may be due to a serious and unsafe electrical problem. Your first step should be to call a Raynor electrician to come in and evaluate and fix the problem. In the meantime, do not use electrical power in that area the home and you should be fine.
Burning smells are a dead giveaway that something is up with the electrical wiring in your home. On the off chance the smell is signaling an unsafe electrical situation, just be safe and don’t hesitate to call Raynor Services! Our operators are standing by!