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Common electrical problems found in your home

Electricity is easy to take for granted. All it takes is the flip of a switch to illuminate your home, power your appliances and devices, and keep your household running smoothly. Since electricity operates behind the scenes, many homeowners may overlook the fact that their home’s electrical system needs regular attention and maintenance just like your plumbing and HVAC systems. Ignoring or minimizing electrical issues can lead to appliances and devices not working properly, increased energy bills, and in a worst-case scenario, house fires.

Here are some common household electrical problems that homeowners should be aware of:

Flickering lights.

Flickering lights could be caused by bad light bulbs, loose connections, or faulty wiring. Test the light bulbs first and if that doesn’t help, call an electrician.

Power surges.

Power surges (and sags and dips) occur when there is a sudden spike or drop in power. Drops and sags are also known as “brown-out,” where the power blinks off for a second and comes back on immediately. Often, winter weather events or summer thunderstorms cause power surges, or there could be trouble with power lines close by. Dips and sags can also occur when a large appliance is drawing more energy than usual, or you have a faulty or outdated electrical panel. Protect your small appliances and devices by using power surge strips that you can buy practically anywhere, but if the problems persist, consult an electrician.

Blown circuits.

A blown circuit is a good thing because it protects your electrical system (and home) from a power overload which could lead to an electrical fire. The main cause of a blown circuit is when your family is operating too many appliances and devices at the same time, such as running the dishwasher and washing machine at the same time, along with several TVs, and the microwave. Periodic tripped circuits are no cause for alarm. However, if you experience this frequently during times of normal power use, it’s time to take a deeper dive into the problem.

Higher than average electric bills.

Higher electric bills can be expected during the summer when you’re running the AC, but ongoing high electric bills signal a problem. Start troubleshooting by unplugging gadgets when not in use and contact your utility company to ask about the increase as well. If you haven’t experienced a rate increase, it’s not peak usage season, and unplugging appliances doesn’t help, then contact an electrician to determine the cause.

If you’re experiencing electrical problems or you have concerns, reach out to SAFE Electric at 614-267-4111. One of our licensed electricians will diagnose the problem and make the recommended repairs. We can also inspect your entire electrical system to stave off any future problems. It’s a preventive service that will keep your electrical system operating efficiently and safely and provide your family with uninterrupted power and comfort.