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    September 14, 2018

    common electrical problems at  home

    Have you noticed recurring electrical glitches in your wiring, outlets, or lights? It might seem more reasonable to dismiss minor electrical anomalies at first, but you should not ignore them. Sometimes these can be signs of common electrical problems that can become bigger issues if left unchecked.

    Our team of electricians at The Happy Outlet is familiar with a wide spectrum of electrical issues, and we are ready and willing to help you troubleshoot and find a solution. Here is a list of five common electrical problems at home that may require assistance from a licensed professional.

    Regular Power Surges

    There are several different possible causes of power surges. When lightning strikes, power lines are damaged, or faulty appliances overload your circuits, it is normal to experience a surge. However, if you notice it happening on a frequent basis, it could be a sign of improper wiring or an electrical device that needs to be replaced. Even though a power surge lasts less than one second, it can compromise the life expectancy and even cause irreparable damage to home electronics.

    Circuit Breaker Tripping Frequently

    On a similar note, you should watch for signs that your circuit breaker is tripping too frequently. An occasional trip is nothing to be alarmed about, but if the problem reoccurs multiples times it could mean that something in not right in your electrical system. Bad wiring, faulty outlets, or insufficient electrical panels can all be potential culprits. Find out from a professional electrician whether you need to upgrade your electrical panel or have some of your wiring replaced to prevent this electrical issue.

    Lights Too Bright or Dim

    Is the lighting in your home inconsistent? If some of your bulbs are piercingly bright, while others barely cast a yellow glow, something is up. Double check to make sure you are using the same type of bulbs with the same wattage. If you are, you probably have a loose neutral wire somewhere in your electrical system. Don’t DIY when it comes to wiring, always call a professional!

    Dead Outlets

    If just one or two outlets do nothing to power your electronics, that means the wiring attached to them has been damaged. Typically a poor connection that trips (with possible arcing) causes excessive heat to build up and melt the wires.

    High Electrical Bill

    Have you noticed that your electrical bill is way higher than usual or slowly rising at an alarming rate? There are several different factors that might be working together to affect your power consumption or your bill. First of all, research electrical companies in your area. You might be able to find lower prices with another provider. If you think the problem is definitely originating within your home, there are other measures you can take. Unplug all appliances and chargers that are not in use so that they won’t continue to draw power. Look for electrical devices that might be causing sudden power surges. Have a professional inspect for damaged wiring or circuits.

    If you are experiencing any of these common electrical problems in your Carson City home, contact The Happy Outlet for troubleshooting and repair! Give us a call at 833-2B-HAPPY to schedule an appointment and get started.