Whether you're a do-it-yourselfer around the home or you're eager to learn about household projects and handle them yourself to save money, it's important to give ample respect to your home's electrical system. The current passing throughout your home at all times is enough to seriously harm you and even cause a fire in your home. As such, it's important to avoid attempting any electrical-related jobs on your own. A safer strategy, upon noticing something that appears to be incorrect, is to call a licensed electrician in your community who can visit your home, assess the nature of the problem and fix it properly. Here are three problems that need professional attention.
Circuit Breakers That Constantly Trip
While it's not a big deal if one of the circuit breakers in your home trips from time to time, it is a concern if you're finding that multiple breakers -- or the same ones -- are constantly tripping. This issue is more than just an inconvenience because you have to go to the basement or garage to flip the breaker back into position. It's indicative of an issue with your home's wiring or your wall outlets not being able to support the electronic devices that you're using. Amateurs should never work on their circuit breaker panel; there's a risk of injury and of doing serious damage to the panel. Instead, a certified electrician will be able to confirm the reason for the problem and replace any problematic outlets or wiring.
Excessive Use Of Extension Cords
An extension cord can come in handy from time to time, but if you're using them daily to power your various electronic devices, doing so may be problematic. If you have a power bar plugged into an outlet and multiple extension cords running from it, you're risking overloading the circuit. Additionally, extension cords pose a significant fire risk; more than 3,000 fires each year can be attributed to extension cords. Your licensed electrician will take stock of the situation and likely add additional wall outlets throughout your home to help you limit your use of extension cords.
Flickering Light Fixtures
A light that is consistently flickering is symptomatic of a problem with the fixture or the wiring that connects to the fixture. It's a good idea to have an electrician take a look at the fixture as soon as possible in case faulty wiring could increase your risk of a fire. The contractor will replace the fixture, as needed, and ensure that the wiring is correct. Having this professional address this issue provides you with peace of mind.
For more information, contact a licensed electrician with a company like Dr Electric.Share