Having the power in your home fail completely is not the only sign that you might need an electrician. Very often bare or frayed wires, wires that cannot hold the amount of electricity your appliances demand, or circuits that are overloaded will give off certain signals that they need to be addressed, but homeowners then tend to overlook or ignore these signals. In turn, they may be overloading their appliances or wiring and may be putting their home at increased risk for an electrical fire.
Note a few common signs that your home needs the services of an electrician. Getting these problems taken care of immediately can keep you safe and at the same time, avoid future repair bills down the road.
1. One circuit keeps shutting off
Circuit breakers shut off when they are overloaded and cannot manage the surge of electricity that is sent over the wires. An occasional tripping of a circuit is not unusual, but when one shuts off repeatedly, this is typically a sign that the wiring in that circuit is consistently overloaded and may become bare or frayed. This puts your home at risk for an electrical fire.
If one circuit keeps shutting off, an electrician can either upgrade the wiring so that it can handle the demands of the appliances plugged into that circuit. He or she may also rewire the circuit so that plugs are taken off it and put on another circuit. This will reduce the demands on that circuit overall.
2. You hear popping behind the walls
Electricity itself doesn't pop or make any noise as it travels along wires, so you may be hearing the electricity come to a bare spot on the wire itself. When this happens, there is a pop as the surge of power hits that bare spot. This can be very dangerous and lead to electrical fires, so have this checked by an electrician as soon as possible.
3. Your home has frequent brownouts
A brownout refers to a slowdown of electricity; appliances don't shut off but they slow down when you turn on something else or use another plug. You may see that your hairdryer struggles to work or that your lights dim when you flip a certain switch. This is a sign that your wires cannot handle the amount of electricity you're demanding, and, again, this may lead to bare or frayed wires and an electrical fire. Have an electrician, such as those found at A.J.C. Electrical Service Pty Ltd, upgrade the wiring to reduce this risk.
Hi, my name is Jules and welcome to my blog. From the first time I stuck a wire in a potato and got a light, I have been enthralled by electricity. As I got older, I even began wiring my own homes. Although I love to play with electricity, I certainly don't like to waste it. Because of that, I have creating a number of lighting designs to save energy. It can't just be about the wires. It has to also be about windows, position of the overhead and side lights, integration of solar panels and other elements. Please explore this blog and enjoy!