In this modern day of DIY kings and queens, especially here in Townsville, people like to take more and more responsibility for doing jobs around their home. Although this is great for odd jobs and easy fixes, it is important to know when to call a professional. This is even more important for electrical work where your safety is at risk. Whether your home is new or old (or it doesn’t seem like a big issue at first) here are 6 signs you need to call an electrician.
1. Snakes and ladders
If your electrical and extension cords are playing a game of snakes and ladders across your living room floor, it could be a recipe for disaster. Usually this is a sign that your power outlets are too far apart and there are not enough. This is an indication that additional outlets are required, which need to be installed by a qualified electrician.
As fun as it was when you were young, piggy-backing electrical appliances on one outlet is extremely dangerous. This can overload your electrical system and cause even bigger problems down the track. In this case, an electrician is needed to install more outlets and create additional circuits in order to deliver power safely to your home.
3. Flickering lights
If you are often left in the dark or feel like your at a nightclub whenever you want to blow dry your hair or put the kettle on, it could be a sign that your home system is overloaded, or faulty wiring is at play. This can definitely be the case in older homes, like some we can find here in Townsville. Many motor driven appliances require dedicated circuits due to the amount of current they require. If you’ve tried changing the lightbulbs or find that small appliances cause your lights to flicker, it may be time to call a professional to evaluate the issue.
If you ever see sparks coming from an outlet or fuse box, this can indicate a very serious problem which requires immediate attention. This can be due to loose or faulty wiring, or other issues. Your electrician will be able to diagnose the issue and fix it.
5. Switches and outlets warm to the touch
Electrical outlets and switches should never get warm or hot, no matter how often you use them. If this is happening, it could be an indication that your circuit is getting overloaded and is on high demand, or because of loose or faulty wiring. Places that are warm could spark a fire if they aren’t taken care of quickly, especially if there is blackening or discoloration around the area. Call an electrician as soon as possible to fix this.
6. Replacing busted lighting
It may seem like a simple job, but busted lights can sometimes cause unseen issues, such as damaging the wiring or shocking the circuit. In this case it is best to call an electrician, as there are risks we eliminate and safety precautions we take to replacing busted lighting.
Whether your home is new or old, your electrical system is something important to maintain. A professional and highly experienced electrician can help solve these issues and maintain the safety of your home, and your family. If you feel like you need an electrician after reading this post, be sure to give us a call to make an inquiry or set up a time. If it’s urgent, no need to worry, TropicAir Electrical are here to help with our 24/7 emergency service in Townsville and surrounding areas.
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