Electrical problems are more than just a nuisance—they can be downright dangerous. Here are some warning signs that it’s time to call an electrician.
Too Many Extension Cords
If you’ve got full extension cords or power strips in multiple rooms, it’s an indication that you’ve outgrown your current electrical system. Electrical contractors can do a home assessment to determine what upgrades are recommended for your home.
Frequently tripped breakers or blown fuses are two indications that there’s a problem that needs to be addressed. If you have an old home, it’s likely that you are in need of an electrical upgrade as certain circuits are being overloaded.
New appliances can cause a strange smell the first few times they’re powered on. However, if there’s an odd odor coming from an outlet or from the fuse box, call an electrician right away as you could be in danger of an electrical fire.
Lights use relatively little power, so if they are flickering or dimming, it generally means that there’s a power surge from a major appliance. A certified electrician can determine the best course of action: upgrading the current system, rerouting electrical lines, or simply adding more outlets.
Outlets and switch plates can become warm to the touch, but should never be hot. If it’s uncomfortably hot to the touch, call an electrician as it’s a sure sign there’s a wiring issue and there is a need for at least small electrical repairs.
An outlet that doesn’t work could simply be the result of a tripped breaker or blown fuse. If you rule out these two options, then the culprit is likely faulty wiring.