The electrical system in your Anna Maria Island, Florida, home provides power to light fixtures and the outlets that keep your appliances and devices running. Although the electric system is designed for safe operation, problems with it can increase the risk of fire or other hazards. Here are four electrical warning signs that you should never ignore:
Dimming or Flickering Lights
Lights that flicker or dim without warning may indicate damaged wiring. This can also mean that there’s too much strain on an electrical system that can’t keep up. It’s a common problem in older homes with wiring that wasn’t designed for the electrical demands of today’s tech-centered world. If you spot this warning sign, call an electrician as soon as possible.
Buzzing sounds coming from electrical outlets or light switches can indicate a very concerning situation. The sound usually means that the wiring in the outlet is loose, which can pose a fire hazard. Shut off the power to that switch or outlet as soon as possible to prevent a fire from breaking out. Contact an electrician to fix the loose wire as soon as possible.
The outlets in any room of your home with running water, such as the kitchen, bathroom or laundry room, should all be protected by Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters, or GFCIs. These offer protection from electric shock if the outlet gets wet. If your home doesn’t have GFCIs in the wet rooms, bring in an electrician to install them for safety and to make sure your building is up to code.
Outlets that feel hot to the touch can pose another safety risk. This usually indicates that the wiring behind the outlet isn’t working correctly. Since too much heat increases the risk of fire, it’s critical to get hot outlets inspected right away.
Have you noticed any electrical concerns around your home? Contact Air & Energy by calling 941-778-0773 for a comprehensive electrical inspection.
Image provided by Shutterstock