If you start to look around your home and make a list of all the things that use electricity in some way your list would seem never ending. Any appliance, light fixture, ceiling fan and outlet are only a few of the electrical items on the list. This may seem like a daunting task when deciding on if something is wrong and how you know what to do to fix it. If you have a local electrician that you can trust and call when something is wrong then you can rest easy that you can have a repair done quickly. Burley Electrical has prepared this quick guide to help you know when you need an electrician and what warning signs can alert you to a possible problem.
Burning Smell Near Outlets or Switches Could Indicate an Impending Electrical Fire
This is a serious cause for concern and you will want to contact a professional electrician right away. You may smell smoke near outlets that are possibly overloaded. It could also be a faulty switch that is faltering when turned on or off. These are some minor problems if you smell smoke but it can also be a bigger problem such as an electrical fire beginning to start.
Tripped Circuit Breaker
There is a circuit panel somewhere in the garage and possibly on the outside of the home. This is where all the fuses are located that allow the circuit to be broken before it causes a larger problem. If the circuit breaker is interrupted it will stop the flow of electricity to that particular area. If you find that a specific circuit is being tripped more and more often than most it could be alerting you to a possibly bigger problem.
Have you noticed that when you turn on a blow dryer, the bathroom lights will flicker or dim? The light bulb could be the only culprit and simply replacing it can fix the problem. If that is not what fixes it the light fixture itself could be damaged and could have stopped working properly. Changing out an entire light fixture is not a DIY project and should be done by a professional.
Outlets that Don’t Work
Maybe you have an outlet that works some of the time and some of the time it doesn’t. This could be because of a possible loose connection that needs to be fixed. A loose wire can cause trouble if the electrical current continues to run through it and comes in contact with other areas of the house.