Flickering lights may indicate a dangerous condition in your home. Identifying the source of the problem is essential before potential disaster can strike with a house fire. Contact a Mister Sparky electrician in Huntsville, AL for diagnosis and repair of your electrical problems.
A Flickering Light Bulb
When the flickering is limited to a single light bulb, check to ensure the bulb is properly and fully screwed in. If the bulb is secure then it is likely a faulty bulb. Replacing the faulty bulb with a new one should correct the problem.
Flickering of All Lights
If all of the lights in your home flicker frequently (or a specific area in your home, such as the kitchen, or kitchen and living room, for example), contact a Mister Sparky electrician in Huntsville, AL for diagnosis and repair.
Dimming of All Lights
When the lights dim, but do not go completely off, take notice of whether appliances are kicking on when this occurs. It is common when appliances, such as the air conditioner cuts on, and is a normal occurrence.
Electricity and House Fires
Make no mistake; ignoring flickering lights may result in a house fire. Fires that are electrically related claim about 500 lives, and injure over 1,400 each year with over 53,000 electrically related fires each year. Even seemingly minor problems can result in a fire. The following are warning signs of electrical problems that should be checked by an electrician in Huntsville, AL:
• Frequent blown fuses or tripped circuit breakers indicate the need for an electrician in Huntsville, AL to provide electrical repair. Installing a larger fuse/breaker is not the solution, and is more likely to cause a house fire.
• Discolored or warm wall outlets, or sparks from an outlet. The outlets may appear to have soot on them. These are serious danger signs. Do not use the outlet or switch, and contact an electrician.
• A burning odor coming from an appliance, room, outlet, switch or a specific area of the home. This may indicate that an appliance, wiring, outlet or a switch is overheating or malfunctioning. Unplug the affected appliance or turn off the circuit breaker, and contact an electrician.
Ideally, you should test smoke detectors each month, and change the batteries every 6 months. Smoke detectors are cheap, and save lives, replace any over 5 years old to ensure proper operation. Locate smoke detectors near all sleeping areas, the kitchen, and living room at a minimum.
If your home experiences damage from lightning, it is wise to have an electrician provide an electrical inspection. Lightning can damage wiring, switches, outlets, light fixtures, and other electrical components. Severe damage can occur that places your home and family in danger. An inspection will identify any affected components, enabling replacement and/or repair to be provided, along with your peace of mind.
Out Dated Electrical System
Older homes and historic homes are more likely to have outdated wiring. Wires can fray or crack from age, heat, corrosion, or bending. They can also be nicked, pinched, or pierced by nails, staples, or screws. Damaged wires can cause a fire, and should be replaced promptly by a licensed electrician. A Mister Sparky electrician in Huntsville, AL can provide the electrical services you need.
Heat and scorch marks on outlets and switches are strongly indicative of unsafe wiring, or electrical components.
If you are constantly having to reset your circuit breakers, it can indicate the circuits are overloaded and/or the wiring inadequate. A qualified, licensed electrician in Huntsville, AL can inspect your electrical system, assess your needs, and make recommended improvements to bring your home’s wiring up to code.
Smoke from an outlet or switch, an appliance, lighting, the home’s electrical panel or along molding at the top or bottom of a wall are a sure sign of trouble. When you see smoke, turn off the main circuit breaker until the source of the smoke is identified and repaired.
Dimming lights when you operate the vacuum cleaner, microwave, or other small appliances may indicate the circuits are inadequate for your needs. Overloading circuits can result in damage to wiring and a fire. Contact a Benjamin Franklin electrician in Huntsville, AL for solutions.
If you hear crackling, sizzling, or buzzing noises coming from outlets, switches, or appliances, you may have a serious and dangerous electrical problem. Turn off electricity to the affected area and call a licensed electrician immediately.
A Mister Sparky electrician in Huntsville, AL is available for the professional electrical repair that you need. If you are experiencing flickering lights or other electrical problems, schedule service with our licensed electricians today. Mister Sparky’s reliable and experienced electricians serve the North Alabama region, providing commercial and home electrical repair. Mister Sparky is a member of the BBB with an A+ rating.