Troubleshooting Residential Circuit Issues: How to Decide When to Call Us

Are you scratching your head over electrical issues at home? Some issues require professional maintenance, and while common electrical issues are the results of bad habits, others run deeper. If these problems are not taken care of immediately, the consequences may be costly. So, what projects are DIY safe and what needs a professional touch?

These Projects are Usually DIY Safe:

  • Simple Circuit Overloads

Simple circuit overloads can occur very easily if you have too many appliances plugged into the same outlet or circuit. This can easily be solved by unplugging or relocating the appliances to a different outlet or circuit. It is important to spread the power draw in these situations. If this does not solve the problem, call a professional electrician for assistance.

  • Frequent Bulb Blowouts

One of the simplest electrical jobs is changing a light bulb in your home, but what do you do when a lightbulb frequently blows out? This is most likely due to housing a bulb with an incorrect bulb wattage. Swap out your light bulbs for a low-wattage LED, however if this problem persists, call a professional. 

Electrical Issues That Require a Pro:

  • Outlet Malfunctions

Outlets that are burning and buzzing, as well as loose outlets that can’t hold a plug, indicate an old wiring system in desperate need of attention. If your home is short on outlets, plagued with 2-prong/ungrounded outlets or frequently tripping breakers, it is time to call your electrician to discuss an update!

  • Humming From Breakers

A humming or buzzing noise from your breaker indicates a faulty breaker. This means your breaker is overloaded and cannot trip. You should flip your breaker off manually and get a professional ASAP to prevent an electrical fire. 

  • Outdated Wiring

Unsafely installed aluminum and ancient knob-and-tube wiring is dangerous. Old wiring in homes can cause many problems, including fires. If you recently purchased or own a home that is older than your grandparents and has no updates, you may need to completely rewire your house. Outdated wiring is a threat to friends, family and yourself, and may cause harm in the long run. It is a good idea to get a home inspection for any problems your home may have!

  • Insufficient Power Supply

Some houses, sometimes even only a few decades old, may require a bigger, better wiring system to power the appliances and devices modern day families normally use. As appliances and devices get more advanced, they require more power, so a home that uses 60-amp service is no longer as efficient as it once was. 

  • Water Related Issues

If there are any moisture prone areas, including any problems relating to plumbing, they should be solved by a professional. Moisture may cause deterioration or failure of electrical equipment. Electrical equipment failures may result in system outrages and excessive maintenance costs, so it is good to have these issues fixed ASAP. 

Remember that it is always better to be safe than sorry! If there is an issue that you are hesitant on fixing, it is better to go ahead and ask for help from an expert. Keep your home and family safe and call us today!