It can be difficult to know the difference between a minor electrical problem and something that is serious. Is it one that you can do a quick Google, look on Youtube and sort yourself or one that needs a professional. Here are some of the signs that will help you determine if it’s time for an electrician. Once you can spot them you will be able to prevent your home from losing power and avoid costly electrical repairs.
Unexpected Power Loss
When the power goes out unexpectedly, this usually means that there is a serious problem with your home’s electrical system. When you’re flipping on a light switch and nothing happens, it may be due to something as minor as a loose wire in an outlet or something more severe like damaged wiring. If you notice any of these signs- flickering lights, strange smells coming from outlets or appliances, or power surges then it might be time for an electrician.
Power surges are often the result of power fluctuations from your local electric grid or a power company. But they can also be caused by an appliance such as an air conditioner, hairdryer, or refrigerator that’s malfunctioning. Cheap surge protectors will provide some protection, but need to be replaced every year or so and may not stop larger surges. No matter what is causing the power surges you need to ask your electrician for help.
Lights That are Too Dim or Too Bright
Another sign that it might be time for an electrician is if your lights are too dim or too bright. It could be as simple as a burned-out light bulb, but it could also mean the wiring throughout your home is deteriorating and can’t support the electrical load. Again, you need to call in a professional to have them take a look at things and give you a diagnosis.
Lights That Turn On and Off by Themselves
Your lights may also start turning on and off by themselves if you have an electrical problem. It can get very scary, but before you go thinking you are being haunted, get an electrician to check things out. This could be happening because there is a problem with the light switch or the wiring in your home. It could be a sign that your home’s electrical system is failing.
Buzzing, humming and other unusual sounds coming from your electrical system could be a sign that it’s being overloaded. If you notice any of these types of noises, be sure to contact an electrician right away. Make sure they know about all the strange noises you’ve been hearing coming from the wiring in your home.
Wires Coming Out of the Wall
If you see wires sticking out of a wall, it could be a sign of an electrical fire. Smoke coming out of outlets and wall sockets can be a sign that your wiring is severely damaged. To prevent any potential problems, call your electrician right away and have them find the source of the problem and fix it.
Keep the Light On
To prevent loss of electricity you need to be observant. Sometimes it can be difficult to spot problems early because we often take our electrical systems for granted.