6 Serious Warning Signs Indicating You Should Call an Electrician to Your Home

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Performing your own home repairs is a great way to save money and it can offer a lot of satisfaction. However, some things are best left to the experts, and electrical work fits firmly into that category. 

If you are experiencing electrical issues at home, call an electrician  and schedule an estimate with Bell Plumbing and Heating today.

The consequences of a mistake can be far more serious than just wasting your time and a few dollars on an unsuccessful project.

If you notice any of the following warning signs, don’t reach for your screwdriver. Pick up the phone instead and call a Certified Bell Electrician, and have the issue resolved safely and efficiently.

Warm Light Switches 

In a well-functioning electrical circuit that’s within its power tolerances, modern wall light switches shouldn’t feel warm. This could be a sign they’re underpowered for their purpose, or it could be that your entire circuit is overloaded. 

Either way, don’t ignore the warning. 

The underlying problem causing warm light switches could eventually spiral into a fire hazard, and is among the most common reasons individuals call an electrician.

Uneven Brightness 

If different light bulbs of the same power rating shine with noticeably different brightness, it could be a harmless sign that one of the bulbs is about to burn out. 

Alternatively, this could also be a sign that your circuit is struggling under the power load or that there’s a loose neutral connection in your electrical panel.

Flickering Lights 

Flickering lights are often a sign that your circuit is overloaded, particularly if the flickering increases when other appliances or gadgets are turned on. You may need to have heavy-duty appliances such as cookers or fridges moved to a dedicated circuit to fix the problem.

Frequent Blowing and Fusing 

Light bulbs don’t last anywhere near as long as their rating if electrical fuses are constantly blowing. This means you are likely experiencing power surges

Power surges may happen from time to time.

Thanks to changes in load across the electric grid, older properties and places consistently experience flipped circuits or blown fuses.

These are strong signs you should call an electrician. Your home circuit is overloaded or has a potentially dangerous fault that needs to be checked out. 

Contacting a licensed electrician with Bell Plumbing and Heating can help prevent serious issues. 

Rust or Damp Stains 

If you see signs of rust or water stains near wall sockets, you should call a builder to make sure you don’t have a leak problem. 

You should also call your electrician to assess any potential water damage. Liquids and electricity don’t mix, and rusting connections are weaker and more prone to catastrophic electrical failure.

Multiplying Adapters and Extension Cables 

If your home is rapidly filling with extension cables and multi-plug adapters, it may be time to have a few new wall sockets fitted. Coils of wiring and stacks of plugs are physically and electrically dangerous, and neatening up your circuit doesn’t need to cost a lot.

Also, older electrical installations were not designed for the number of electrically powered gadgets modern homes have. If you’re running out of sockets, your circuit could also be running out of capacity.

Faulty electrical circuits are thought to be a factor in over 6 percent of home fires countrywide. 

Don’t take the risk of adding your home to that statistic. If you’re unsure about any part of your home’s electrical installation, call a Bell electrician and remain on the safe side. 

With home electrical, don’t try any DIY repairs unless you’re 100% sure you know what you’re doing. There is no shame in prioritizing a call to an electrician in these situations. 

The Author:

Bell Plumbing & Heating has been providing customers with plumbing and heating services since 1926, but that’s not all we do today. We also offer kitchen and bathroom remodeling services (we’ve been remodeling kitchens and bathrooms for over 50 years now), drain and sewer line services, and electrical repairs and installations. 

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