The experienced electricians at Burley Electrical Services provide answers and repairs to many electrical problems on a daily basis. The following is a list of the most commonly asked electrical questions from “My outlet isn’t working” to “My light bulbs are flickering and blinking”. No matter the scope of the problem, the knowledgeable technicians at Burley Electrical Services can provide an answer and a solution to your commonly asked electrical questions.
Electrical Outlet Not Working or GFCI Won’t Reset
My outlet isn’t working? The most common cause of an outlet that is not working in the kitchen or bathroom is a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI). The GFCI is a safety mechanism that will shut down the outlet or circuit when the current starts to go where it shouldn’t. This particular safety mechanism is designed to stop people from being electrocuted and prevent damage to your home and electronic devices. GFCI are required by code in areas such as kitchens and bathrooms where excessive moisture is found. Standard outlets have screws on both the left and the right sides that wires can be wrapped around, but standard outlets also come with the option of pushing the wire through a slot. One of the most common problems with these particular connections is that the spring that holds the wire in place can wear out. Once this happens the outlet will stop working. An outlet will stop working if the breaker is tripped. Breakers can trip for many reasons but one of the most common is that too many electronic devices are plugged in and running at the same time. This is more commonly found in older homes that have lower capacities than newer homes. Lastly, an outlet can stop working because it is old. Like most things in life, your outlets will wear out, even with proper wiring and use.
Why does My Circuit Breaker Keep Tripping?
As previously mentioned breakers can trip for many reasons including too many devices running on the same circuit at the same time. Another common reason for a breaker tripping is a fault along the line which can be caused by a loose connection in an outlet. Regardless of the cause, if the breaker continues to trip, contact your Burley Electrical Services professional for assistance.
What are the Benefits of Energy Efficient Lighting?
The more energy you save, the less money you will have to spend on your electric bill. One of the most cost effective ways to make your home energy efficient is to replace all of your interior light bulbs with LED bulbs. Leaving electrical items unplugged such at televisions and computers will save you money along with making sure your lights are turned off along with the air conditioner.
Why are My House Lights Flickering?
There are many reasons for a flickering light including the type of bulb to a faulty transformer. If all of the lights in your home are flickering, contact your utility company to correct the issues. If the problem is solitary and confined to only a couple of lights, your flickering light issues may be caused by a transformer on the same circuit. Replacing the transformer should take care of the problem immediately. Another cause for a flickering light is a bad connection. This can be caused by either a faulty connection between the bulb and the socket, a bad connection in the wiring of the fixture, or a bad connection in the breaker panel, which will require your Burley Electrical Services technician to resolve the issue.