Home Electrical Problems
Everybody wants to use electricity safely and reduce their electric bills. Here are the most common home electrical problems and how you might be able to fix them yourself rather than calling a qualified electrician.
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Home Electrical Problems
There are a lot of electrical faults that could occur in a home or business that would require the assistance of an emergency electrician. Some of these faults can be very dangerous and can even lead to fires, so it is important to have a qualified and experienced electrician on hand to deal with them quickly and efficiently.
Some of the most common emergency electrical problems that we deal with are discussed below. We also have an informative page on electrical safety tips.
Electrical power sockets not working
Check the circuit breaker box in your house, which may need resetting. This can be done by pressing down on the button inside the red-marked circle until it clicks. Also check the wiring throughout your room or houses for any loose connections or wires that have been damaged over time, as this will cause an overload on your circuits which could result in you needing to call an electrician out to rewire your plug sockets. Without doing these things first you’re just wasting time because if there is no power reaching the socket it will not function correctly or at all.
Overloading circuit breakers
In the event that you have too many plugs in one plug socket, this can also cause a problem with your circuit breaker tripping constantly. In order to prevent this from happening again make sure there are no more than four plugs in each plug socket and try rearranging them if possible. Also try to ensure that any equipment plugged into extension leads is switched off when not in use, as they draw power even when switched off and can soon overload a circuit breaker. If you’re unsure of how to safely switch appliances on and off then please consult an electrician for advice.
Plugs go off and come back on again all the time
If you’re finding that your plugs either go off or come back on then there could be several reasons for this such as overloaded circuit breakers, bad wiring, or faulty appliances.
A common reason one of your appliances might be causing the problem is that they are not properly earthed so if this happens to be the case with you then you will need to call an electrician and get it fixed straight away otherwise there’s a chance that someone could get hurt.
If your light switches don't work
One of the most common reasons for light switches not working is because they’ve been wired up wrongly or incorrectly so if this happens to be the case with you then you will need to call an electrician and get them fixed straight away otherwise there’s a chance that someone can get hurt.
Electrical surges, electrical dips in power at home
If you feel like there are power shortages in your area you may be right, they happen for many reasons including weather conditions. When it is extremely cold or hot outside, electricity is more likely to be lost through electric cables than when the air temperature is normal.
During storms and high winds it’s possible that loose connections can form between different cables in the ground which in turn disrupts the flow of electricity in these cables and causes
electrical dips in power at home.
Electrical light switches not working
Although it might seem like a simple fix most people aren’t able to fix electrical light switches themselves. This is because if something goes wrong with them there could also be problems with fuses or circuit breakers etc., so if you want to avoid causing more damage to your home it’s best to call a professional who can find the source of the circuit breaker constantly tripping problem.You will need to know what type of wiring you have and how it is connected if you want to fix lights that burn out too quickly . If you’re not particularly good with electrical equipment then I would recommend calling a professional. However, there is also an easy way to stop light bulbs burning out too quickly and that is by using LED lamps which last up to 50 times longer than normal filament based light bulbs.
Circuit breakers constantly tripping
It’s possible for individual circuit breakers in your house to keep tripping if they are overloaded because this means their capacity has been exhausted and so they require replacing. If it’s a circuit breaker that is constantly tripping then you’ll need to add another one and if this keeps happening then I would recommend calling an electrician.
If your recessed light goes off and comes back on again all the time
One of the most common reasons for recessed lights going off and coming back on all the time is because they’ve been wired up wrongly or incorrectly so if this happens to be the case with you then you will need to call an electrician and fix them right away otherwise there’s a chance that someone could get hurt.
Also recessed lighting such as downlight usually have safety devices that cut the power to that light as it becomes hot. You could be using too high a wattage of a bulb, or the insulation in your ceiling is much too close to the actual bulb unit.
If you lights are either too bright or too dim
le is because they’ve been wired up wrongly so if this happens to be the case with you then you will need to call an electrician and fix them right away otherwise there’s a chance that someone could get hurt.
Your light switches not working may indicate that the wires in your switch box have been knocked around and damaged due to moving furniture or something similar so you should check it out. If nothing has changed in your house but your circuit breakers continue to trip every few days then it’s probably because of something outside like a power line coming loose from another part of your town or city causing an area-wide fluctuation which is damaging to your appliances. You can call an electrician to check if the problem is in your house or outside, but you should still be able to tell by looking at it.