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Identifying 6 Common Electrical Issues!

If you’re one of the many homeowners who prioritize safety first, then get on board with your home’s electrical safety! Electrical issues can be deadly, and it’s imperative that you’re able to identify them when they appear in your home!

The Importance of identifying issues

Of course, one of the most important tips to take advantage of is being on the lookout for telltale signs of electrical problems! This simple step can help to avoid most electrical fires and hazards in the home! 

While it’s very easy to do, most homeowners don’t have that top-of-mind awareness because they just don’t know what to look for and what practices to avoid in order to maintain electrical safety. Below you’ll find the top 6 common in-home electrical problems that many homeowners will encounter at some point during their lives. Knowing what to look for and teaching your children what to be aware about can help lower your changes of electrical dangers in the home!

6 Common Electrical Problems

1. Poor or defective wiring

Faulty wiring is one of the most common causes of electrical fires. Be aware of frequent blown fuses, charred or darkened outlets and switches, hot ceiling fixtures, outlets, and light switches, and a burning smell. 

2. Unprotected outlets near water

If you’ve got outlets near sinks that are not GFCI outlets, you need to be aware of serious shock hazards. Water and electricity don’t mix!

3. Electrical shocks 

Shocks often happen when turning a device on or off. Although they can be mild, they’re still a concern. The issue could lie with the electrical wiring or the appliance itself. Speak with an electrician to determine the cause.

4. Frequent electrical surges

These can be caused by lightning strikes, faulty wiring, or even an appliance that’s used regularly. The culprit might be an electrical device connected to the home grid or wiring. Remove any poorly made devices or power boards from the outlet. If this doesn’t work, call in a professional electrician to handle frequent surges.

5. High electrical bill

There are numerous reasons for a jump in your electrical bill, but when you notice a change, have an electrician check your home for damaged wiring or circuits, and identify any electrical devices that might be causing power surges. You can also unplug appliances and chargers when they aren’t in use to save electricity.

6. Frequent breaker trips

Circuit breaker maintenance is key for preventing circuit breaker trips. Frequent trips might also be a sign that your entire electrical panel should be upgraded. If your panel is outdated, it can cause a host of electrical issues in the home. Upgrading can also save money!

If you’re not too concerned about safety, consider being aware of electrical issues to prevent spikes in your electrical bill. Having a properly maintained and working system means a more protected home, as well as a thicker wallet! Have one of our trusted electricians perform annual maintenance on your electrical system and be protected!

Topics: home Electrical Safety Electricity