Taking light switches for granted is a common occurrence. They are used frequently, just like electrical outlets, until they eventually stop working and require replacement. Observing a few clear signs lets you recognize a faulty light switch. Keep reading to learn how to identify and fix any issues with light switches.
Your Light Switches Are Inconsistent
You may encounter a situation when a light switch behaves erratically by flickering before turning on or working intermittently. Simply replacing the light bulb may not fix the issue. This suggests that the connections within the light switch must be sufficiently established, and you will need to replace the switch entirely.
Sparks Are Coming From Your Light Switches
After turning on the light switch, you might observe a slight spark. This is due to the contacts of the switch being separated rapidly. However, hearing a loud snapping and seeing a significant spark could indicate a malfunctioning light switch. It’s crucial to address this problem immediately as it could result in an electrical fire.
When light switches work correctly, they don’t make any noise. Therefore, if you hear buzzing, clicking, or popping when you flick the switch, it’s a sign that something inside the switch is malfunctioning. This means that you will need to replace the switch.
Warm Light Switches
If you have a dimmer switch, it’s normal to feel warm to the touch after being on for a while. However, a regular toggle light switch should not be warm and should always be at room temperature. If any light switches in your home feel warm while in use or after use, it’s time to contact Tri Star Electric’s helpful staff of electricians.
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