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Common Electrical Problems to Look For in Your Home

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Look out for these electrical problems that may appear in your home.

Owning a home has many advantages, but it also means you have to be aware of any potential electrical problems or threats so you don’t create a fire or safety hazard. Read on for the most common electrical problems you have to be wary of and what warning signs you may notice. Once you know how to recognize these problems, you can make sure that you avoid serious issues. 

Power Surges

Electrical surges can be caused by inclement weather, but also the result of turning on a high-draw appliance like a hairdryer or microwave. The problem is when surges happen too often or are too powerful for your home’s wiring. This can be avoided by: 

  • Ensuring that your home’s wiring is up to date
  • Use high-draw appliances on dedicated circuits
  • Use appliances compatible with your electrical systems

You can also discuss a home surge protection system with your electrical contractor. 

Overloaded Circuits

Each circuit in your home routes to a breaker in your breaker panel. These are designed to handle a specific load before the breaker trips. If it trips too much, it can create extensive electrical damage. To avoid overloading outlets: 

  • Have an adequate number of outlets 
  • Avoid using extension cords long-term
  • Never chain extension cords or power strips

Outdated Home Wiring 

Old wiring can lead to numerous issues, from breaker trips to electrical shock and fires. If you’re unsure of your home wiring integrity, call an electrician to conduct an assessment. 

Lighting Problems

Flickering lights are one of the common electrical problems that homeowners may notice. Most of the time, the lights are not to blame, but rather a bad breaker, inadequate wattage, or a lack of grounding wires. 

When any of your home’s electrical systems are acting unusual, you should call your electrician for an assessment. If you need a repair, it is much better to catch a problem early. 

Ineffective, Old, or Outdated Electrical Panels

If you’re still using the breaker panel that was installed in your home decades ago, the panel is likely no longer capable of safely meeting your needs. This can lead to various electrical problems, including breaker trips, light and appliance issues, and more complications. 

If you don’t know your breaker’s age, call an electrician to discuss an upgrade to a brand new panel that can handle your electrical system. Taking the time to upgrade now before significant problems develop is one of the best ways to avoid high-risk electrical problems. 

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