The electrical wiring in your home is something we all take for granted… when it is working. If you flick a switch and the lights turn on, or you push start on your washing machine and a cycle begins, you just assume the electrical components to your house are working and continue to go about your day. But what if you have bad electrical wiring at home? What if things aren’t quite working as they should?
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Sure, Hollywood movies would have us believe flickering house lights are a sure sign of ghostly visitors. But it’s much more likely there is a loose electrical connection. If the flickering is contained to a single light fixture, the fix is usually fairly straightforward. If it’s affecting multiple lights or rooms, then the problem is likely farther back in the circuit. If it’s the whole house that flickers, the problem may lie in the breaker box or at the utility drop outside your home. In that case, your best bet is to contact a licensed electrician to handle the troubleshooting for you.
Many electrical appliances generate heat during operation. However, the outlet itself should never get hot. If you notice the heat at an outlet, immediately unplug any cords and do not use the outlet until you can troubleshoot the issue.
Sparking or Shock
If your sockets are sparking and/or giving you a shock, this is a big sign that all is not good. Give a local electrician a call ASAP as repairs or fixture replacements need to occur as a matter of urgency.
Circuit Breakers Constantly Tripping
Although having a circuit breaker trip occasionally is annoying, it is likely just an overload of your home electrical circuits (and the circuit breaker doing its job!). However, if your circuit breaker is constantly tripping, this can indicate a wiring issue that needs to be addressed.
It’s probably no surprise that the smell of something burning should be an immediate warning sign! If the wiring in your electrical system is heating up enough to melt its plastic sheathing, you’re facing an imminent risk of fire and you need to take immediate action. Try to identify the source of the issue, whether at one fixture or the breaker box, and get it resolved quickly.
Also, never try to fix the electrical problems yourself. Not only it’s dangerous, but DIY electrical works are also illegal in Queensland. Contact a professional sparkie in Brisbane like Allyn White Electrical and let us handle the problems.
Electrical Safety First
Electrical hazards can pose a major threat to people’s wellbeing, and so electrical safety around the home is essential. Although electrical work should always be carried out by a professional, it’s important that homeowners can use electrical equipment safely and identify when electrical systems are unsafe.
Basic electrical equipment that everyone should be aware of how to use properly include:
• Extension leads – these should only be used temporarily and when in use, should be placed in hidden areas. They must be in good condition and should be kept away from water.
• Electrical appliances – you should look at all your electrical appliances before using them to check that they’re not broken or damaged and are safe to use. Always turn off and unplug any broken appliances, use a label to remind yourself and others that it’s unsafe to use, and make sure to get it fixed or replaced as soon as possible.
• Power points – ensure power points are switched off before plugging appliances in and don’t use power points that show signs of damage, like visible wires.
• Powerboards – place these in ventilated areas and switch them off when not in use.
Have a Licensed Electrician Inspect Your Wiring
If you’re unsure if your wiring is faulty, enlist the aid of a professional electrician in Brisbane. A proper electrician inspection reviews the wiring throughout your home. Licensed electricians are knowledgeable in identifying potential dangers and wiring issues. Typically, electricians detect small, seemingly insignificant wiring issues that could become major problems and electrical safety hazards over time.
For a free quote by a licenced electrician call 0416 235 641 or simply complete the online enquiry form and we will call and arrange to quote your switchboard and electrical requirements. Our charge out rate remains the same during the week, weekends and after hours, so don’t hesitate to contact us today!
sources: captaincookelectrical.com.au, platinumelectricians.com.au, solvitnow.com