Don’t Ignore Flickering Lights
Household lights that flicker and even dim periodically can be normal if not annoying, but they can also be dangerous, which is why flickering lights should never be ignored. In most cases, a slight flicker or brief dimming that becomes more pronounced over time indicates the presence of a poor connection somewhere in the system that needs to be addressed. Prior to calling an electrician, there are several factors to look at for flickering lights, such as when the lights flicker (and whether it’s associated with the start-up of a large appliance), how often the flickering occurs, and whether the flickering occurs throughout the house or only in one room or area. Here’s a look at the main causes of lights flickering in a house based on the type or pattern of flickering that’s occurring.
A situation where the same light or lights are flickering in one area and not throughout the home. The most obvious cause of this type of problem is a bad light bulb or a bad connection between the light bulb and the light fixture socket. However, if the problem is spread across multiple light fixtures but contained to a single area within the home, then it could be a circuit issue as well. An electrician can conduct a complete circuit diagnosis in this case to pinpoint the loose hot or neutral conductor that’s causing the issue, which may be located in a receptacle, a switch, a light, a j-box, or at the main electrical panel. Since loose connections can be dangerous, it’s important to identify and resolve the problem as soon as possible.
Lights in the home only flicker when a large appliance (such as the air conditioner) kicks on. This is actually a common problem, often associated with large outdoor A/C units that can draw up to 100+ amps when first turned on. Most homes have only a 200 amp main electrical service, so this draw can cause a brief flickering. In this case, the best thing to do to solve the problem is to contact an electrician to make sure that the outdoor unit is wired to the max ampacity, and that the wire size and fusing is correct, and all connections are tight. If everything looks good, then you might consider having a soft start kit installed on the outdoor unit to mitigate the amount of current required all at once to start the motor.
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If you have flickering lights in your home call a professional electrician like Rudolph Electric today to check out the problem. You could have a dangerous situation so don’t delay. Call 619-419-8813
What common electrical problems are you likely to encounter in your San Diego home? The most common household electrical “problem” is a sudden loss of power when a safety trigger has been tripped. Other electrical problems are light bulbs and fixtures, dead outlets, appliances and switches. If you have an electrical problem we are ready to help you at Davitt Electric.
Many homeowners are capable of replacing light switches, installing ceiling fans and other basic wiring jobs, but safety experts warn do-it-your-selfers against dabbling in most elements of household electricity.
According to the Electrical Safety Foundation International, home-based electrical systems are the cause of nearly 55,000 fires a year, resulting in more than 500 deaths and 1,400 injuries. Electrical fires cost $1.4 billion a year in property damage.
Whenever working with electricity, remember these tips:
- Always assume overhead wires are live and fatal to the touch. If a limb falls on one during a storm — leave it alone and call the utility company.
- Never operate electrical equipment in or near standing water.
- Never repair electrical equipment without proper training.
- Have a qualified electrician inspect electrical equipment if it has come into contact with water.
- Use a ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) in any area that comes in contact with moisture.
Typical Household Electrical Problems
Because of the risks inherent in electricity, there are many safety features designed to cut off the power at the first hint of anything wrong. As a result, the most common household electrical problem is a sudden loss of power when a safety trigger has been tripped.
So whenever power goes out in one part of the house, but not the entire house, the most likely cause is a tripped circuit breaker.
Homeowners should be able to find the main breaker panel (what used to be called the “fuse box”), typically located in the basement or a utility closet.
If the individual breaker switches are not labeled, it would be good to switch them off one at a time and identify what each is connected to. This is best done as a two-person job. Also, a professional electrician can track down and label all of your circuits.
Either way, it’s important to know which switch controls the flow of electrical current to which outlets, light fixtures or appliances in an emergency.
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An electrical outlet in a busy part of the house like your bathroom , kitchen, or home workroom has a difficult life. The outlet (also known as a receptacle) is subject to a great deal of wear and tear. Once an electrical outlet has been damaged or is simply past its prime, it is not only an inconvenience, it can be downright dangerous. Avoid the possibility of electric shocks or burns by learning the signs that indicate one or more of your electrical outlets requires replacement.
Signs that an Electrical Outlet Needs Replacement
The faceplate is broken, chipped, or cracked, permitting dangerous electrical arcing when you try to insert a plug.
The slots have loosened so that they will allow the weight of the cord to pull the plug out of the receptacle, rather than remaining firmly — and safely — in place.
The plastic of your outlet cover feels warm to the touch, is darkened or charred looking or gives off an unpleasant burnt smell. Deterioration of internal contacts or wire terminals can cause overheating, with eventual melting and the possibility of sparking or — worst of all — an electrical fire. Treat this as an emergency warning signal. Flip the circuit breaker which controls that particular outlet to the “Off” position and contact an electrician immediately.
The outlet produces electric shocks. In this case, the problem could be due to an appliance you are presently using, the outlet itself, or the wiring. Unplug the appliance to investigate whether that might be the trouble source. Otherwise, have an electrician examine the outlet and the wiring for faults.
The outlet has gone dead. First see whether your other outlets are functioning. Then look for a tripped breaker or GFCI device and reset if necessary. If this doesn’t solve your problem, check the outlet with an outlet tester. Plug in a small appliance (which works fine in other outlets) to be sure that the problem is in the receptacle itself.
Read more about when to replace an electrical outlet at Networx.com