Take electrical issues in your home seriously.

How To Spot Electrical Problems In Your Home

October 31st, 2016 by

Take electrical issues in your home seriously.

Let's face it: We're all addicted to our electronic devices. Whether they're computers, televisions, tablets or smartphones, they all spend a tremendous amount of time plugged in and drawing electricity from our homes.

If you live in a relatively new structure, this is less of a problem, as modern dwellings are built with today's electricity needs in mind. But older homes were not constructed in the same way. While they may have been perfectly safe and up to code at the time, the years and stress from increasing electricity use may have worn out certain aspects of their systems – possibly leading to annoying electrical problems or even dangerous fires.

Don't ignore your home's wiring, especially if your home is older than you are. Here are some things to look for to determine whether you should call in an electrician.

You Don't Have Enough Outlets
With some exceptions, most modern homes have at least one power outlet on each wall. The purpose of this setup is to ensure that homeowners don't have to run long extension cords across their rooms to get power to where it needs to go.

However, if you live in an older home, you may find that some walls lack outlets. This could force you to rearrange your entertainment systems in creative ways to ensure you have access to power. However, it may be easier to get additional outlets installed by a professional.

Outlets Aren't Always Working, Lights Are Flickering
Have you ever plugged something into an outlet, only for it to not work, or only power on intermittently? If it's a large appliance pulling a lot of electricity, it could be the result of a breaker being tripped. If not, it may simply be the case that the outlet is getting old and its connection is getting looser. It may need to be replaced.

Meanwhile, flickering lights may simply be the fault of a loose or failing bulb, but could also be caused by loose or failing wiring somewhere in the system. 

Circuit Breakers Tripping
The purpose of a circuit breaker is to automatically interrupt the flow of electricity to prevent power overloads or short circuits. Generally, this is a good thing – the circuit breaker protects you from drawing too much power and doing serious damage to your wiring and your home. However, frequent breaker tripping can be a sign of a problem, especially when it doesn't require much power to do so. You might have an overloaded circuit that demands attention.

Inexplicable Burning Smell
If you smell something burning and can't identify it, the culprit could be your wiring. As worse get older, their insulation slowly breaks down, becoming less effective in the process. Small rodents living in your walls could chew on your wires and speed up this process. The burning smell might be the result of a worn or frayed wire overheating, and should be dealt with immediately. Otherwise, you could have a fire on your hands.

Take Electrical Problems Seriously
Most electrical issues are little more than an inconvenience, but that doesn't mean you should put off addressing them. Wiring problems cause a significant number of home fires in Canada, and many of these could be prevented.

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