Some electrical issues are more common than others, and the handier among us might feel inclined to tackle them without calling for outside help. However, even the savviest amateurs are taking risks whenever they attempt to repair something outside their comfort zone. Electrical work is incredibly dangerous, even for professionals. It is vital that you understand what you’re dealing with before you decide on any course of action. When in doubt, calling in the experts will always be the best option.
DEAD OUTLETS ARE A COMMON HOUSEHOLD PROBLEM
If an outlet dies or is simply worn out, someone knowledgeable about electricity will need to replace it. On the other hand, if one or more of them have gone dead for seemingly no reason, it could be due to a tripped GFCI outlet. When this happens, the outlet itself stops working, in addition to other outlets connected to it. Finding and resetting it should be enough to restore power. If this doesn’t work, or if the outlets are in need of replacement, an electrician is your best bet.
FLICKERING LIGHTS CAN BE A SIMPLE ELECTRICAL ISSUE…OR NOT
Blinking or flickering lights are almost always a sign of a poor electrical connection. You can find the source of the issue by taking note of which lights are blinking; if isolated to a single room, it could be due to a poorly connected or faulty switch. If the issue is throughout the entire house, however, it means there is a connection problem in the electrical panel or the main wire.
Only an electrician can safely address a problem of this magnitude. Even if it’s a matter of repairing a switch connection, you might be better off bringing in an expert. Sometimes a deeper problem could be present, one only an experienced professional can identify.
CIRCUIT BREAKERS THAT KEEP TRIPPING
If your breaker keeps tripping and won’t reset, it could mean there is something on the circuit using too much power. Moving appliances to another circuit can usually correct the problem, but if this doesn’t work the breaker itself might be the issue. Don’t hesitate to call an electrician if this is the case. Panel work can be dangerous — an inexperienced person making repairs to it can also accidentally make conditions worse with only the slightest mistake.
At Certified Electric, Inc., our trained technicians deal with every type of electrical repair. If you have an issue in your home that needs professional help, or if you have any questions at all, contact us.