Flickering lights can indicate a situation as simple as a loose or faulty light bulb, or as dangerous as damaged wiring or a loose connection. When you are experiencing flickering lights, check the bulbs and if the problem remains, contact Mister Sparky electricians in Huntsville, AL for diagnosis and electrical repair.
A flickering bulb may simply be loose in the socket. Turn the light off and tighten the bulb without overdoing it. Turn the light back on and observe for any further flickering. If the light continues to flicker replace the bulb. However, when the flickering continues contactan electrician for diagnosis and repair.
When all the bulbs in a fixture are affected, potential causes include an issue with the fixture itself, voltage fluctuation, a faulty switch or a problem with the home’s the wiring. For example, the switch or the fixture may have a loose connection. In addition, if flickering occurs in one area of the home, but not throughout the home, there may be a problem in a circuit. This can be a complicated process to narrow down a loose connection in a circuit due to the number of connections. This can be a dangerous issue and an electrician will be required.
Loose connections can occur due to expansion and contraction due to the flow of electricity. In addition, switches and outlets will wear out over time, and will require replacement with electrical repair when that occurs. You can tell excessive wear in an outlet when plugging an item in doesn’t feel tight.
Voltage fluctuation may occur when an appliance on the same circuit kicks on. If the flickering only occurs when the HVAC system turns on, this is likely the cause and is normal.
However, when the lights flicker throughout the entire home the problem may be with the exterior service wire such as at the meter the electrical panel, or other causes. Any of these is a potentially dangerous condition. Contact our electricians for diagnosis and electrical repair.
Dimming Lights vs. Flickering Lights
Dimming lights differ from flickering lights in that they do not go off. Typical causes of dimming lights include the start up of appliances, such as the HVAC system. External causes include problems with your electrical supplier, the service line, transformer and surges coming from the power line. You can help protect your home with the installation of a surge protection network. Mister Sparky can provide you with additional information and provide professional installation for you.
Lightning and external surges from the power lines can cause devastating damage when it enters your home’s electrical system. Surge protection can assist in reducing the damage. In addition, when lightning enters your home, contact a Mister Sparky electrician in Huntsville, AL to schedule an inspection of your electrical system. An inspection will identify any affected electrical components.
Don’t Ignore the Signs
Loose electrical connections can cause arcing that may result in a fire. Damaged or faulty circuits, switches and outlets are also potential sources of shock and fire. Don’t ignore the following signs of a potentially dangerous electrical problem, contact a Mister Sparky electrician for electrical repair.
- Repeatedly tripping breakers indicate a problem. For example, problems may exist with either with the breaker itself, the electrical circuit, a component of the electrical system or a faulty appliance.
- Outlets and switches that that spark, bear burn marks, are warm to touch or that make an unusual sound are a fire hazard. Crackling or sizzling noise may indicate smoldering wires. Shut off the circuit supply the affected switch or outlet and schedule inspection and electrical repair with an electrician.
- Burning wire has a unique odor related to burning plastic insulation and hot copper. Shut off the circuit breaker and contact an electrician.
Older Homes and Wiring
The electrical wiring in older homes may have deteriorated due to age. Cracking, fraying and damage over the years may have taken its toll. It pays to schedule an inspection by a licensed electrician in homes over 30 years old. Depending on its condition, your electrician may recommend electrical repair, rewiring of the home. Mister Sparky electricians in Huntsville, AL can provide the reliable services you need.
Lights dimming while using multiple small appliances, or tripped circuit breakers may indicate inadequate circuits for your needs. A Mister Sparky electrician in Huntsville, AL can provide the installation or electrical repair that you need, to ensure you have the outlets and electricity you need.
When it comes to flickering lights, tightening or replacing a light bulb is the extent of solutions the average homeowner can provide. Any other causes should be diagnosed and repaired by a licensed electrician. Mister Sparky electricians in Huntsville, AL are available to provide the electrical repair or installation that you need. If you are experiencing flickering lights, tripped circuit breakers, other electrical problems, or need installation services, contact our licensed electricians for the electrical services you need. Mister Sparky serves the North Alabama region, and provides the professional electrical services that you can rely on. Mister Sparky is a member of the BBB with an A+ rating.