Regardless of whether your home is brand new or was built 100 years ago, it’s important that you keep an eye out for signs that you need to call in a professional electrician. An electrical fire can be incredibly dangerous, so attempting to prevent one from occurring at all costs is a must. The following is a list of signs that you have an electrical problem on your hands:
- You constantly need to reset breakers or replace fuses.
- You have noticed that your lights frequently flicker or dim. Even if this only happens when you’re using another appliance, this indicates that your circuits are being overloaded.
- You have noticed that light switches and outlets are hot to the touch.
- Your light globes burn out far quickly than they should.
- You have noticed that light fixtures, walls or even the circuit breaker panel are emitting buzzing sounds.
- You have noticed a burning smell coming from outlets (or even just anywhere around your home).
- You have noticed charring or discolouration on outlets and switches.
- You have noticed sparks when plugging something in or you have received an electrical shock whilst doing so.
If you have noticed any of the above signs, it is important that you call in a professional electrician immediately. They will be able to inspect your home from top to bottom, determining exactly where the problem lies and what has caused it. After this, they will be able to offer recommendations on how it can be rectified and carry out the work for you.
Don’t simply make the assumption that all you need is a new circuit breaker. Our homes’ electrical systems are far more complicated than this. It could actually turn out that the whole house need to be rewired, that the meter needs to be replaced or something else entirely. Professional electricians will discuss your options with you to ensure that the right conclusion is reached.
Just because your home isn’t exhibiting any outward signs of problems doesn’t mean that all is well under the surface. Changes that you make could also unintentionally lead to a problem developing. The following list of scenarios could mean that you should have your electrical system inspected, even if there don’t appear to be any problems like those outlined above:
- You have recently moved into a home that is a few decades old and you’re unsure when the electricals were last inspected.
- You use a lot of power strips or extension cords.
- You have recently installed new fixtures that use a lot of voltage.
Ensuring that you won’t inadvertently create a problem in your home’s electricals is also important, which is why having professional electricians perform regular inspections is beneficial. In fact, it’s a good idea to book in an inspection when you move into a new home (regardless of its age) and when undertaking renovation works to ensure that everything is in order.