The electrical system in your home is one of the most essential systems because it provides power to your home and powers your HVAC and plumbing equipment. If there’s an issue with your electricity, it can affect the amount of energy going to the home, and the other systems in your home won’t function. Your home’s electrical system is also the most dangerous. Ignoring electrical issues can quickly start an electrical fire, and DIY electrical repairs can result in you being electrocuted; therefore, it’s best to hire a licensed professional.
Licensed electricians undergo years of training to work with electricity safely and diagnose and repair issues correctly.
If your electrical system experiences any of the following issues, it’s best to hire an electrician as soon as the problem starts.
#1 Flickering Lights
Do the lights in your Keller, TX home flicker every time you use an appliance? If this happens all the time, it’s time to call an electrical services provider. The lights are flickering because your electrical system can’t handle the electrical demand. If you plug in something new, the system can become overloaded, which can cause a fire.
A licensed tech can upgrade the system so it can handle your family’s energy demand, preventing a disaster from occurring.
#2 Your Light Bulbs Aren’t Lasting As Long
Incandescent light bulbs last around 750 hours. If you’re using these bulbs, you should switch to LED. LED lights are more energy-efficient, can last as long as 100,000 hours, and typically don’t have to be replaced for three to five years. If a bulb in one of the lights in your home burns out much sooner than it should, you can keep replacing the bulb, but it’s better to call a licensed electrician.
The problem is likely due to an issue with the circuit or the socket, and it’s best to have a professional fix it. Ignoring the problem could result in the socket or circuit failing or starting to spark, creating a hazardous situation.
A licensed professional can inspect the light to determine whether it’s the socket or a faulty circuit to solve the problem. When the repair is complete, you won’t have to replace the light bulb sooner than necessary, and you can prevent a disaster from occurring.
#3 The Circuit Breaker Trips Constantly
It’s not uncommon for a circuit to trip occasionally. If the circuits trip frequently, it’s best to call a licensed electrician right away.
The most common cause of this problem is an electrical overload. The breaker box in your home is designed to handle a specific amount of energy. If the circuits cannot handle your family’s electrical demand, the circuits will trip and could start an electrical fire. There could also be an issue with the circuit wiring, which is also a serious and hazardous problem. Fortunately, a licensed professional can upgrade the circuit breaker.
A licensed professional can inspect the breaker to determine why the circuit trips often. If they determine it’s due to an overload, they can upgrade the electrical system to handle the electrical demand. If the wiring is the issue, the technician can fix that as well, ensuring the safety of your home and family.
#4 A Burnt Smell
Is there a burning smell in your Keller, TX home, and you can’t find the source? If so, it’s likely coming from behind the wall. There are several possible reasons for this, such as short circuits or old wiring.
If possible, you should try to track the smell. If it leads to the breaker box or an electrical outlet, you should cut the power in your home and call an electrical services provider immediately. These serious problems can quickly start an electrical fire, so it’s best not to keep the power on until the issue is resolved.
#5 Visible Signs Of Deterioration In the Electrical Panel
The electrical panel is the heat of your home’s electrical, which safely distributes power to every room of the house. If you see visible damage, such as loose circuits or rust, you should hire an electrician as soon as possible.
An electrical services technician can determine if the panel can be repaired or if it’s best to replace it.
#6 You Need Extension Cords
If you live in an older house, you may not have the number of outlets you need. Decades ago, people didn’t need as many outlets because they didn’t have multiple TVs in their homes, and they didn’t have to charge cell phones, laptops, and other devices, so there was no need for multiple outlets in every room.
If you’re using extension cords and power strips in every room in the house, you should consider calling an electrician.
Extension cords aren’t meant to be used permanently and could create a tripping hazard. Power strips are great for certain areas, such as behind the TV, where you need to plug in many other devices. Older homes weren’t designed to handle a significant amount of power, so there are minimal outlets in your home, and using power strips and extension cords could overload the system.
A licensed professional can install more outlets in your home and upgrade the electrical panel to ensure it can handle the load.
#7 An Outlet Is Warm To the Touch
If an outlet in your Keller, TX home is warm to the touch, it indicates faulty wiring or an overloaded circuit, and both problems can start an electrical fire. An electrician can inspect the outlet and the wiring to make the necessary repair.
Why Choose Tioga Contractors?
If you need to hire an electrician, call Tioga Contractors. We are a family-owned and operated electric and plumbing company, serving customers in the Dallas Fort Worth area since 1953.
Our entire team is professionally trained, certified, and qualified to handle any electrical problem.
When our tech arrives at your home, they will be in a fully-stocked truck, so many repairs can be made on the same day.
The tech will give you an accurate quote before they start working, so you’ll know exactly what the job costs ahead of time.
If you have an issue that can’t wait until our regular business hours, we provide emergency service and will get an electrician to your house as quickly as possible.
To schedule an appointment for an electric or plumbing problem or service, give Tioga Contractors a call or book online.