Electrical wires are the veins which carry electrical energy around you home. If your wiring fails, you will be left in the dark and unable to use any of the appliances in your home. Below are 6 warning signs that you have a problem with the electrical wiring in your home.
Flickering or Dimming Lights
If the lights in your home become dim or start to flicker, this is a classic sign that there is a problem with your wiring. Because lights only draw a relatively small amount of power, any flickering and dimming is rarely the result of a problem with the light itself. It is likely there is a bigger problem which will require investigation.
Hot Electrical Outlets
If electrical outlets in your home feel warm or hot to touch or make a buzzing noise, this is a sign of problems with the wiring in your home. If you detect this, you should stop using the electrical outlet and have it examined by a qualified electrician.
If you notice strange odours around your home, this could be a sign of damaged or faulty wiring. If electrical wiring becomes exposed, it can heat dust and other debris which can result in a strong burning odour. This is dangerous as it could lead to a house fire.
Tripping Circuit Breakers
Circuit breakers are designed to protect electrical appliances in your home. If you keep having to reset your circuit breakers, this could a a sign that the circuits and wiring are being overloaded with electrical energy. If circuit breakers repeatedly trip, you should call a professional electrician.
With use, electrical wires can become frayed and damaged. Rodents can also chew the wires or pierced, pinched or nicked when screws and nails are inserted into walls. If you spot a frayed wire you should stop using it immediately and have it repaired or replaced.
Over time, electrical outlets can become loose as you plug in and remove power cords. This can expose wires and lead to further damage. If you notice a loose power outlet, you should switch off the power supply to your home and secure the panel before using the outlet again.
If you notice any of problems listed above or have any other concerns about the electrical wiring in your home, you should contact a qualified electrician who will be able to carry out a full inspection of your home.
Jonathon here. I am currently completing my electrical apprenticeship and I have to say, it has been a challenge. Before I started, I didn’t realise that there was so much involved in wiring a house or building. Safety, efficiency, aesthetics and costs all have to be taken into account. My boss is so patient. One customer asked us to leave electrical wires exposed because he wanted an “industrial effect”. My boss explained that it would be illegal and they compromised. I have really learnt that electrical installation is one area in which people should not take short-cuts or undertake home handiwork. This blog should help you to gain a little more insight into electrical installation and its intricacies. I hope you find it enlightening. Thank you for stumbling into my corner of the blogosphere.