More demands are put on our home electrical systems than in times past. We regularly rely on appliances to simplify everyday tasks, and we use computers and electronic devices to work and entertain ourselves. To keep your home electrical system in top shape and ensure that it continues to function as you need, it is important that you know the signs of electrical problems so you can get them fixed expeditiously.
Breaker Tripping Frequently
Breakers are designed to trip when the circuit becomes overloaded with power to prevent electrical fires. A breaker that trips occasionally is no cause for worry. If one of your breakers trips, all you have to do is reduce the load on the circuit and flip it back on, and it usually solves the problem. If your breaker trips multiple times within a month, this is a sign that a serious electrical problem is lurking beneath the surface. You may have faulty or damaged wiring, or there may be loose connections somewhere. The circuit may even be failing.
You Have Problems With Your Lights
Another sign you have an electrical issue is when you have problems with your lights. Your lights may flicker when you turn on your appliances or any other electrical device that is high powered, or they might buzz upon first turning them on. In either case, an electrician is needed to find and fix the problem. Your wiring may be wearing out and need to be replaced, or you may have faulty or damaged wiring.
Burnt or Discolored Outlets
If you see discoloration or burnt spots on your outlets, you have a serious problem. Damage has been done to the wires that is causing them to heat up inside of your walls. If this problem goes unchecked for too long, an electrical fire will occur. If you spot any outlets that are discolored or burnt, call an electrician for help immediately.
Smelling Burnt Plastic
The smell of burnt plastic is also a sign of an electrical problem. A defect is causing your electrical system to generate heat that is melting the protective covering on your wires. If you smell any burnt plastic, shut off the power, call a fire department to make sure you are safe, and get an electrician involved without delay.
You cannot ignore the signs of an electrical problem. Putting off solving the problem can result in loss of property or life. If you are a resident of Lafayette, LA or the surrounding areas, contact Comeaux Electrical Services for panel repair or replacement or other electrical help.