If you are moving into a new home, there will inevitably be quirks and things that will need fixing along the way. Depending on the age of your home, there can be a host of electrical problems that can pop up along the way. You don't need to be an electrician to diagnose some possible electrical issues. Here are four common electrical problems you can deduce on your own in order to know when to call in an electrician to help.
1. Warm Ceilings and Fixtures Around Lighting
When you are settling into a home that is new to you, be sure to pay attention to light fixtures in the ceilings and walls. Be sure to feel fixtures and the surrounding areas for any extreme heat that might be caused by lighting. This can be caused by either poor insulation or improper installation. Having an electrician come out and take a look can help save your home from possible electrical fires down the line.
2. Light Switches With No Purpose
If you have deduced that light switches aren't activating a corresponding plug or light, they might be inactive due to faulty wiring. This is something that should be assessed by an electrician, in case there are live wires within the walls that might not be connected to a corresponding part. Loose wiring can also shock people so having this fixed or at least given a safety check is important.
3. Lights that Flicker
Flickering lights can either be an easy fix, or might be a larger electrical issue. You can tighten or replace bulbs first to ensure this isn't the culprit. If lights are still flickering intermittently or when other electrical appliances such as dishwashers are running, it is a good idea to call in an electrician.
4. Circuit Breaker Tripping
If you have moved into an older home and have upgraded to new appliances, there is a good chance that your circuit breaker is overloaded. It might be time to have an electrician come out and assess your circuit breaker and help you decide if it might be time for an overhaul or upgrade. Don't try to work on this yourself, since electrical panels can still have an electrical current even when shut off.
Moving into an older home can have lots of potential as a fixer upper. Don't forget that other behind-the-scenes areas of your home such as electrical wiring and circuits should be upgraded as well. If you notice problems, don't let this slide. Call in an electrician to have a look and help fix problems or replace parts of your electrical system as needed.
To learn more, contact a company like Genesis Electrical Service Inc.