How To Spot Electrical Dangers In Your Home

Posted on: 7 October 2016

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If you feel like you are taking a chance anytime you dry a load of laundry or run your microwave, it's time to take action. You may also notice some other troubling signs around your house. If so, chances are that your electrical system needs an upgrade. Fortunately, you can do some investigating to help identify the problem and find a solution.

Flickering

If your lights flicker, the culprit is probably a wiring problem instead of a ghostly visitor. When you live in an older home, you need to find out exactly how old your wiring is. If your home was built forty years ago or longer and has not had a wiring upgrade, you need to have the wiring professionally inspected. The dimming of the lights could indicate a short. Left unattended, this type of wiring issue could end up starting a fire in your home. If an inspection reveals that you have aluminum wiring in your older home, you need to go ahead and have it replaced because it has been determined to be dangerous. 

Appliances

If you only notice problems when you are running certain appliances, such as a clothes dryer, you may be overloading the circuit it is on. Some appliances do need a dedicated circuit, one that is attached to an appliance that takes a lot of power to run correctly. This addition will keep your circuits from blowing continually, protecting your electric wiring and allowing you to do household tasks without continually stopping to reset the breakers.

Hot Lights

You can expect to get hot if you stand directly powerful lighting, but if the ceiling tile around the lighting is warm, you may have an electrical problem. It could indicate that your wiring is overheating. If so, it will only be a matter of time before the system shorts out entirely or you have a fire in the wiring. Brown patches around the light fixtures can indicate a heat problem as well. 

If you have an older home that has not had an electrical upgrade, you should have a routine inspection to catch potential problems. However, even more modern homes can develop electrical issues. If you notice trouble with flickering lights, hot wires, or circuit breakers, you need to consult with your local electrician for an upgrade. Sometimes a simple dedicated line can solve your problems. If you need more extensive work, work with your electrician to find an affordable solution. Contact a company like Action Electric for more information.