5 Signs of Electric Trouble

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Houston Electrical RepairsAs a Houston homeowner, you know how important it is to protect your investment. Between routine maintenance and upkeep, locking your windows and doors, and checking your fire alarm on a regular basis, you may feel like there isn’t much that more you can do protect your property. However, some hidden dangers can go unnoticed in your home if you do not know the signs to watch for. Problems with the electrical system in your home can have devastating consequences if they are not caught and repaired right away. From unusual issues with your outlets to flickering lights, if you have any of these five signs of electrical problems in your home, call the qualified Houston electricians at Electric City for professional assistance immediately!

Outlet Problems

If any of the outlets in your home are behaving unusually, you could have an wiring problem in your home. Your outlets should always be cool to the touch. If any of your outlets feel warm or feel like they are buzzing or vibrating, contact an electrician immediately. Other warning signs that may indicate faulty wiring in your home are char marks on or sparks emitting from your outlets. Additionally, outlets that do not work can be a very serious warning sign that you need immediate assistance from an electrician. Contact the professionals at Electric City for expert diagnostics and repair.

Buzzing Appliances or Lights

When you turn on a lamp, flip a switch, or plug in an appliance, listen carefully. If you hear a buzzing or humming sound, or if you detect a vibration or electric shock, something is wrong. Anything that buzzes or vibrates when plugged in could be a sign of a serious electrical hazard in your home. If you have any buzzing lights or appliances, turn off the circuit breaker to that outlet or room and unplug the item or items in question.

Burning Smell

If you cannot identify the source of a burning smell in your home, then it could be coming from the wires inside your walls. Burning wires have an acrid smell, like burnt plastic or vinyl. Wires can heat up and burn slowly, undetected, for a long time before ever igniting nearby material. To avoid an electrical fire, always call for immediate assistance from a qualified Houston electrician if you catch a whiff of burning plastic in your home.

Tripped Breakers

Most homes have a circuit breaker box located somewhere inside the property. Typically, your circuit breakers only trip if that particular circuit gets overloaded with too much electrical use at one time. Sometimes, that is a normal and safe reaction to too many items drawing power at once in your home. However, if tripped breakers happen in your home on a regular basis, that may be a sign that something is wrong. Frequently tripped breakers could be a sign that the wiring in your home is not effectively handling the level of electricity your home is drawing, and overloaded wires can become more likely to burn over time. If you are routinely dealing with tripped circuit breakers, it is best to call for a professional assessment of your electrical system to ensure that your home is safe.

Flickering or Dimming Lights

If you have lighting in your home that erratically flickers, or suddenly becomes brighter or dimmer for no apparent reason, that could be a sign that you have a larger problem with the wiring in your home. If you have the problem with only one light, it is possible that the problem is the light itself and not your home wiring. However, to be safe, it may be best to have the situation evaluated by a qualified electrician. If more than one of your lights has experienced flickering or brightening and then dimming, the issue is almost certainly with the wiring in your home, and it must be repaired by a professional as soon as possible.

If your Houston area home is experiencing any of these electrical warning signs, or if you simply suspect that your home may have older wiring and may need some upgrades or repairs, please call the qualified electricians at Electric City for professional help today at 832-724-1781 or complete our online request form.