Maintaining your home’s electrical integrity is a huge priority for many homeowners; not only does properly functioning electrical components increase your quality of life, it also helps to maintain your home’s resale value. If you’re a new homeowner wondering what kind of electrical issues you are likely to run into, take a look at the 4 most common electrical issues homeowners’ experience.
If you’ve ever entered a room in your house, only to be greeted with a strobe-like flashing coming from your overhead lighting, it is likely that you are experiencing some sort of electrical issue. Homeowners are able to conduct some self-research by turning off the light switch and trying to tighten or replace the light bulb in question. Occasionally, a loose or damaged bulb can cause flickering. On the other hand, if you are noticing this phenomenon throughout your entire house, there may be other reasons as to why your lighting is acting up. It could be a sign of a problem with your light fixture, or the result of wiring issues within your walls. Whatever the suspected cause may be, contacting a licensed electrician to look into the issue further is recommended.
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Have you noticed that some rooms in your house are able to light up completely, while other lights seem to stay abnormally dim? If you have experienced this or other similar situations recently, it is likely that your home has a damaged neutral wire. Unfortunately, there are no DIY ways to troubleshoot a damaged wire safely. If your home is having electrical surges in one area, while experiencing electrical deficiencies in another part of the home, contact your local licensed electrician as soon as possible.
Shorted and Open Circuits
It’s not uncommon to experience shorted circuits in Australia. Wire shortages are some of the most dangerous types of electrical issues in Australia because they usually occur out of sight, and can give very few warning signals prior to accelerating into a house fire. Both short and open circuits can be caused by environmental or human intrusion, such as lightning strikes and poor wiring installation. While short circuits are a result of an abnormal connection between two wires (such as an additional wire interfering with the original connection), open circuits are the result of the wiring connection becoming interrupted and unable to continue. Symptoms of these issues can include electrical surging, continuously flickering lights, and the loss of electrical functions in one or more rooms. If you think you are experiencing symptoms of shorted or open circuits in your home, contact a professional as soon as possible.
As hard as we try to catch and correct suspected electrical issues, it is common for one or more household receptacles to escape our notice. Water heater receptacles, garbage disposal plugs, and other rarely inspected areas of your electrical system can commonly progress from minor to major issues. An “arching” current summarizes a severe wiring condition that has begun to allow electrical current to escape from the confines of the insulated wiring. If you notice a burnt residue on the outside of a receptacle or notice a “fishy” smell coming from one of your walls, it is time to call a licensed electrician immediately.