Last Updated on May 30, 2020
Some of our most common callouts relate to household electrical issues. As a group, they can vary greatly but typically many of the issues that we are required to deal with are far more common than others.
Obviously attempting to sort any type of electrical issues can be dangerous and if you are going to attempt to do this yourself before you even attempt any form of detection and/or DIY fix solutions, it is absolutely essential that you know what some of the most common electrical problems are.
Doing so will prevent unnecessary time and effort being spent on fixing a problem that never existed. Some of the most common of electrical problems that can plague a house are as follows:
No. 1 – Power Outage in an Electrical Socket
No power to an electrical socket can be the result of a variety of different problems, however, in many homes, it is generally because the circuit breaker has tripped because a fuse has blown. Other, slightly less common problems result from a loose wire behind the socket.
Find the problem by first checking to see if the circuit breaker tripped, turned off or if there’s a blown fuse in the breaker. If this doesn’t work, test the socket and power tester or voltage meter.
No. 2 – Can You Smell Something Fishy?
A weird fishy type smell coming from a switch and/or wall socket is another unpleasant but common electrical problem.
This is often the result caused when an electrical device’s connection to the circuit is damaged, causing the electricity to jump through the air to complete the circuit. When this happens it can pass through anything that it encounters along the way and could potentially cause a fire if left unchecked.
Simply unplug the device and take it in for repairs if you suspect that this is the problem. Then ensure that the socket is replaced and replace it if it isn’t getting the proper amount of voltage or power.
No. 3 – Hot Switch
Wall switches that get warm to the touch are a common issue with dimming switches. They do this normally if they are running bulbs that total 600 watts or less.
This problem can be easily fixed by adding the proper amount of bulbs to achieve the wattage required to properly run the dimmers.
Before repairing any electrical problem, other than changing bulbs, turn off the power at the breaker to prevent electrocution. Also, do not attempt any electrical repair without research, training or an electrician on standby.
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