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Common Electrical Problems You Shouldn’t Ignore

Your home runs on electricity. Without that quick zap of power, you wouldn’t be able to charge your phone, clean your clothes, keep your food cold, and much more. Sure, there are a few kinks here and there, like with that switch that appears to do nothing or that bulb that still flickers when it’s on, but everything generally seems to work fine.

Some electrical problems can fly under the radar. Since many issues present themselves as a product of everyday use, homeowners often don’t think very much of them. In fact, common electrical problems can indicate a much more significant issue. If you find yourself dealing with these electrical issues, call Bacon for a thorough inspection.

 

High Electric Bills

Any appliance that is left plugged in is using electricity even if it’s powered off. The best way to keep your electricity bill low is by turning off and unplugging any appliances or lights you aren’t using.

If that still doesn’t help, the age of your appliances may be hurting your expenses. Newer models of washing machines or coffee makers use energy much more efficiently, which will keep your electric bill to a minimum.

 

Frequently Tripped Circuit Breaker

Your circuit breaker is a safety mechanism designed to limit the electrical current flowing to one place in your home. If you have a circuit breaker that trips frequently, it might just be that too many appliances are being used in that one area of the house.

Tripped circuits can have many causes. Since certain issues like a ground fault can pose a risk to you and your home, a frequently tripped circuit breaker needs to be investigated by a professional.

 

Dead Outlets

A dead outlet is an outlet that doesn’t turn your appliance on even after you’ve checked the circuit breaker, your switches, and the appliance itself. A member of the Bacon team should do any necessary electrical rewiring. Homeowners can cause a fire from an electrical arc without the help of a professional.

 

Flickering Lights

The most important thing to note if you have a flickering light bulb is when the flickering starts. Does it fade in and out as soon as it’s turned on? Does it start when you run a major appliance? A loose or new bulb might flicker but should stop once tightened into place.

You should be concerned if the flickering is a result of a running appliance. This issue indicates the voltage is fluctuating in your home, which requires the attention of an electrician to resolve.

 

Warm Outlets

A warm outlet is never a good sign. You might realize that as appliances work hard, they start to warm. Your outlet is the same, except a warm outlet indicates the electrical load exceeds what the outlet can handle. Warm outlets are a fire hazard and should be addressed immediately.

 

Bacon specializes in all home services. In addition to plumbing and HVAC, we provide electrical repairs, installations, and replacements, so our customers can feel safe and comfortable in their homes. When it comes to electrical work, it is of paramount importance that homeowners request professional help rather than attempt repairs or problem-solve through internet guides alone.

Go with the pros at Bacon. We’ll take care of your pesky electrical issues in an instant.

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