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The electrical system in your Irving, TX, home is one of the most essential systems. Without electricity, you can’t watch TV, use your appliances, charge your devices and see when the sun goes down. If there is a problem with the electricity, your household will come to a standstill.
When something goes wrong in the home, many homeowners will make the repair a DIY project. Some prefer DIY to try to save money, while others prefer DIY for the sense of accomplishment they get when the task is complete. Simple home repairs make great DIY projects; however, electrical repairs should only be handled by a licensed electrician. Electricity is very dangerous. Every year, there are around 1,000 electricity-related deaths. If you don’t have training and experience in electrical repairs, you should never attempt them. If your electrical system is experiencing any of the following issues, you should call a professional immediately.
#1 Your Circuits Are Tripping Often
The breaker box in your Irving, TX home is your electrical system’s brain. It takes power from the street and feeds it into the electrical outlets to your home. It has a safety feature that will cause the circuits to trip if the system is overloaded.
If you notice that your circuits are tripping often, you should first make sure that you don’t have too many things plugged in. If it is the same circuit tripping often, that is the one you should check. If various circuits are frequently tripping, you should call a licensed electrician. There could be an issue with the breaker box, and if the problem is ignored, it can result in an electrical fire that can quickly destroy your home.
#2 Singed Wires In the Fusebox
It is a good idea to inspect your fuse box at least once a month. This is essential even if everything seems to be working fine in your home. If you notice that the wires are signed during the inspection, you should call a licensed electrician immediately. Singed or damaged wires will cause issues with your fuse box. They are also a major fire hazard. This is an emergency situation, and you need to call a professional immediately.
#3 Flickering Lights When Using Appliances
If your lights flicker or get dim when you are using certain appliances, you should call an electrician. This may not seem like a big deal, but it could be a sign of problems to come. The first thing you want to do is check what is plugged in when the lights flicker or get dim. For example, if you turn on the vacuum cleaner and the lights dim or flicker, but the vacuum is plugged into the same outlet as another appliance that requires a lot of power, you have too much plugged in. If there is nothing else plugged in when the lights dim, you could have an overloaded circuit. The issue could be something more serious, like deteriorating wiring. If this is happening often, it is best to call an electrician. If you don’t, you could end up losing the power in your home, or an electrical fire can start. The sooner you call a professional, the better.
#4 A Burning Smell In the Air
If you notice a burning or smoky smell and you cannot figure out where it is coming from, it is a very serious situation. The smell could be due to burning wires in the wall or an electrical fire. As soon as you detect the smell, you want to turn off the power to the house. Next, you should call the fire department to come and inspect the walls to see if the burning wires have started a fire. When everything is all clear, you should call a licensed professional. You don’t want to turn the power back on in the house until the issue has been repaired and the electrician gives you the go-ahead to turn the power on. This is an emergency situation and should be addressed the second you notice the burning smell.
#5 Your Outlets Are Warm To the Touch
If you are plugging something in and the outlet is warm to the touch, don’t use it. You should also turn off the power in the house and call an electrician. If the wires connected to the outlet are burning, it is very dangerous. There is a good chance that the wiring is faulty, and it could cause a fire at any time. It is a good idea to go through the home periodically and feel the wall outlets. If you are going to prevent a fire, issues like this need to be caught early.
#6 A Buzzing Sound Inside the Walls
If you hear a buzzing sound coming from inside the walls, the odds that it is bees are very slim. Chances are, it is an electrical problem. The buzzing could be coming from loose screws in the terminals. It could also be something more serious, like a wiring issue.
Rather than tearing down walls to find the problem, you should call a licensed professional. A pro will be able to figure out what is causing the problem and make the necessary repairs.
#7 You Are Getting Electric Shocks When You Plug Things In
If you touch a plug in your home and get an electric shock, it could be a simple static electricity shock. However, if you are getting shocked every time you use the outlet, you should call a licensed electrician. There are several things that could be causing the issue, such as damaged circuits in the appliance, broken cords, or the electrical current is unstable. It is best to call a professional to find the source of the problem. This will protect you from being seriously electrocuted and your house from an electrical fire.
If you are having any electrical issues in your home, contact Tioga Plumbing & Electric immediately. We are a full-service residential and commercial electrical and plumbing company.
We are a family-owned business that has been serving customers in the area since 1953. Our electrical division has been in business for just a few years, and during this time, we have developed an excellent reputation within the community.
We understand how dangerous electrical issues can be; therefore, we provide emergency service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. To schedule an appointment with a highly trained, licensed electrician, give us at Tioga Plumbing & Electric a call today.