Every system in your Arlington, TX home is essential to your comfort and convenience. Your electrical system provides electricity to your home to power your lights, appliances, and every electrical device in your home.
Electrical problems can be a hassle and can be very dangerous. Ignoring electrical issues could spark an electrical fire, putting your home and family at risk.
Many people today are making home repairs DIY projects to save money. While DIY is great for some projects, electrical repairs are not one of them. Without the proper training, you could be electrocuted, and one minor mistake can result in an electrical fire.
If your electrical system is experiencing any of the following issues, it is best to call a licensed electrician.
#1 The Circuits Are Tripping Often
The breaker box in your home is the heart of your electrical system. When electricity comes into the home, it is separated into various circuits. The breaker box has a safety feature that will cause the circuit to trip if it is overloaded. When this happens, unplugging something can resolve the issue. If an overload is the issue, you will need to have your breaker box updated, allowing it to handle your family’s electrical demand.
If unplugging something doesn’t help, there could be an issue with the breaker box that should be ignored immediately. Waiting to call an electrician could result in an electrical fire.
#2 An Outlet Is Warm To the Touch
The outlets in your Arlington, TX home shouldn’t be warm to the touch. A warm or hot outlet signifies an electrical short that can be very dangerous if it is ignored.
There is more to fixing this problem than replacing the outlet cover, and you should call a licensed electrical professional right away. A professional can inspect the outlet and the wires attached to find the problem and make the necessary repair.
#3 Flickering Lights
Do the lights in your home flicker when you turn on an appliance in your home? It is easy to ignore this problem; however, you should call a licensed electrician immediately.
The most common cause of this problem is overload. If your electrical demand exceeds what your system can handle, the lights will flicker. This is a dangerous situation because an overload could spark an electrical fire.
There could also be an issue with the wiring that should be repaired immediately. The sooner you call a professional, the sooner the problem will be solved.
#4 Sparks Coming From An Outlet
It is not uncommon to see a quick blue spark when unplugging something. This is most common when you don’t turn the appliance or device off before you unplug it.
If you see white or yellow sparks, or the spark lasts more than a second or two, you should call a licensed plumber.
There are a few issues that can cause dangerous sparks.
- Overload: Your home is divided into different electrical circuits. When one becomes overloaded, it can cause a dangerous spark. If this is the problem, your electrical system may need to be updated.
- Short circuit: A short circuit can create heat and cause sparks. If you wait to have the repair made, the wire sheathes can melt and cause a fire when you plug something into the outlet.
- Age: As your outlets age, they can wear down, resulting in long sparks. This can be hazardous to you and your home; therefore, you should call an electrician immediately.
- Improper installation or repair: If you or the previous owner of your home attempt a DIY installation or repair, a mistake may have been made, causing dangerous sparks.
#5 Buzzing In the Walls
If you hear a buzzing sound coming from behind a wall in your home, you don’t need an exterminator. Instead, you should call an electrician.
The buzzing often signifies a loose or broken component or an electrical short in the wiring. Because these issues can create a fire hazard, it is best to call a professional right away.
#6 You Use Multiple Extension Cords and Power Strips
If you live in an older home, you may not have as many outlets as you need. Most people solve this problem with extension cords and power strips. The electrical systems in most older homes aren’t designed to handle modern-day electrical demands. While extension cords and power strips can solve the problem, you could overload your electrical system, which could have disastrous consequences.
An electrician can update your electrical system and install new outlets, and you won’t need the extension cords and power strips.
#7 Moisture Or Rust Around An Electrical Outlet
Everyone knows that electricity and water don’t mix, which is why you don’t go swimming during a thunderstorm. If you notice moisture around an electrical outlet or the outlet is rusty, you should call an electrician immediately. These issues signify a leak around the outlet that can put your home and family at risk. An electrician can determine where the water is coming in so the necessary repair can be made. After, they can inspect the wiring to determine if it needs to be repaired or replaced for safety purposes.
Why Choose Tioga Contractors?
If you have an electrical issue in your Arlington, TX home and need the help of a licensed electrician, contact Tioga Contractors. We provide electrical, plumbing, glass, and sub-contracting service, making us a one-stop-shop for many of your home’s needs.
We are a family-owned and operated business that has been serving customers in the area since 1953. Over the years, we have earned an excellent reputation in the community and the industry. We are an Accredited Business with the Better Business Bureau and have a 5-star rating on Google. We are a member of the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors Association, and in 2017, we were the winner of Home Advisor’s Best Of award.
If you have an electrical issue when we aren’t in the office, don’t panic. We provide emergency service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We understand how dangerous electrical issues can be and will do our best to get an electrician to your home as quickly as possible.
To schedule an appointment for an electrical repair or any other service we provide, give us at Tioga Contractors a call today.
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