Signs Of A Potential Electrical Problem In Your Home

As a homeowner, maintaining a safe and efficient home is a must. One of the largest components of your home is its electrical system. Wiring and overall electrical function needs to be in working order to provide proper conduction and power the entire home. It's simple to flip the switch on the wall every evening and not think twice about how that power is generated, but there are some things that may indicate a potential issue with your electrical wiring and power box. Taking precautions can help you avoid a malfunction and costly repairs in the future. Here are some signs that may indicate a problem.

Frequently Blowing Fuses

One sign that your home's electrical system is having trouble supporting your daily usage of electricity is when you blow a fuse in the electrical breaker panel box. The power to part of your home or your entire home will automatically shut off when a surge is detected. An occasional blown fuse could simply be caused from using too many high powered appliances at the same time. This is also referred to as an overloaded circuit. Some appliances or items that pull a lot of electricity include:

  • Vacuums
  • Microwaves
  • Televisions
  • Stereo systems
  • Woodshop tools including power saws

Your home should be able to support running multiple items at once with a time delay fuse. This allows for most high wattage items to run safely without your electrical box becoming too overloaded. If you find that you are flipping the switch in the breaker panel box frequently, it may be time to call in a professional electrician like PRO-FX Services Inc.  

Having To Replace Light Bulbs Frequently

Traditional incandescent light bulbs have a relatively short life of around 750 hours. Newer eco-friendly bulb choices can oftentimes last 10,000 hours or more. Eco-bulbs are designed to pull less electricity and save you money on your utility bills. If you are noticing that you are going through light bulbs every three months or more, it could be a problem with your electrical system and how the electricity is being distributed. Contact an electrician to examine your outlets and the wiring in your home.

Increase In Electrical Usage

On your most recent electric bill, look for a graph that shows a comparison of last year's electrical usage with your current usage. If it isn't on your bill, contact your electric service provider for a comparison analysis. This is a great reference tool to determine how much power your home uses on a monthly and annual basis. If you see a significant increase, it could mean that your electrical system is having trouble supporting your household usage. An electrician will be able to determine that your electrical box and wiring is up to code and working properly.

Noisy Outlets And Switches

Does your outlet spark or zap when you plug something into it? Do your light switches make a sizzling or buzzing noise when you flip them on? These are both strong indicators that your electrical wiring may be faulty. This can be hazardous because if the power surge doesn't blow a fuse, it can overheat and lead to an electrical fire.

Preventing a disastrous fire or total loss of electricity is what you want to avoid. Getting small issues checked out now can prevent a disaster from occurring in the future.  

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