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Signs of Common Household Electrical Issues

- 12:16 pm - October 28th, 2019


We often take for granted our electrical systems since they’re always working when we need them and they’re tucked away inside the walls – out of sight, out of mind! However, that doesn’t mean the signs of a problem with your electrical system are going to remain hidden.

Here are a few things to keep in mind that might suggest your electrical system needs work!

Too many extension cords

Not only do extension cords pose tripping hazards, using too many throughout the home is unsafe. If you find yourself always running out of outlets to use, have an E.T. Lawson electrician help by installing new ones!

Dimming lights

Light fixtures draw very little power, so dimming or flickering is rarely an issue with the fixture itself and more likely a problem with the circuit as a whole. There may be too many major appliances drawing power on the same circuit. If this is the case, an E.T. Lawson electrician can help balance the loads in your home!

Strange Odors

If you notice any odd smells coming from outlets, switches or appliances, turn off the power and unplug anything connected to it. It’s especially important if you smell burning plastic! Contact E.T. Lawson so our electricians can come have a look.

Hot Outlet or Switch Plates

Outlets and switches should never feel hot to the point where it’s uncomfortable to touch. This could be a sign that the outlet or switch is wired incorrectly, and can lead to a house fire if left unresolved.

Frequently Tripped Breakers or Blown Fuses

Circuit breakers and fuses are supposed to trip or blow out when there’s a problem with current overload or a short circuit in order to protect the homeowner. However, if they trip constantly you could be dealing with a faulty breaker or fuse, or some other issue along the electrical system that could cause damage to your home or appliances.

Have you noticed any of these signs with your electrical system? Don’t take the chance! Always contact a certified E.T. Lawson electrician to check any sparks, smells, flickering lights and any other concerning electrical issues. Contact us online today to schedule your electrical evaluation!

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