Everyday Electrical Troubleshooting Tips
Did you know that just one overloaded circuit can cause a complete power outage?
While electrical problems are part and parcel of home ownership, electrical troubleshooting can help prevent faults and limit damage. Catching issues early can also save you money on repair costs.
While some of these common electrical issues can be troubleshot quickly, there are a few that can be a bit dangerous. This is when it’s much safer to call in a professional to help out.
Looking for a quick guide on fixing electric problems you may encounter around the house? Here are a few of the most common electrical problems along with how to fix them.
Dim or Bright Lights
If you notice that your lights are a different intensity, this could be a sign that something is wrong. Lights that get less power than normal will appear dim while lights getting more power than normal will shine abnormally bright.
To troubleshoot this issue, make sure that you have the right lights connected to the outlet. The light bulb will let you know the maximum wattage it can take. If you’re sure that you have the right bulbs, it may be time to call a professional to take a look, as there may be a problem with your wiring or circuit board.
Warm Outlets and Lights
Are your outlets and lights feeling warmer than normal? This is a clear sign that something is not right. Troubleshooting this kind of issue is easy as you can safely touch the outlet with your hand to see if it’s warm.
This is a serious issue that could lead to electrical damage. You should call your electrician as soon as you can to have a closer look. In the meantime, if possible, switch off the electrical supply to those outlets until a professional can take a look.
Unusually High Energy Bill
Nobody wants a high energy bill (obviously). Most homeowners have a rough estimate of what they expect every month’s utility bill to be. If you notice that the energy bill is much higher than normal, you may have an issue.
To troubleshoot this issue, try to take some time to think about what you did differently this month. If you don’t recall any activities you did at home that could explain the higher energy usage, there could be something wrong.
The best thing to do in this situation is to have a professional evaluate your home’s entire electrical supply. A professional will be able to find any issues and propose solutions to help fix them in no time.
Contact Fischer Electric for All Your Electrical Troubleshooting Needs
Electrical troubleshooting can help you spot issues early and know when you need to call a professional. This can also help you solve common electrical problems and minimize the damage before it’s too late.
Looking for a trusted electrical company to help with your electrical repairs? Fischer Electric is just a phone call away. With over 40 years of experience, the Fischer family of companies is ready to help with all your restoration, electric, and heating needs.
If you have any questions or want to learn more about how we can help, feel free to contact us today!