Common Electrical Problems & How to Fix Them

Are you having issues with the electrical system at your home in Wilmington or the surrounding area? Some of these issues are things that you may be able to remediate yourself, while others may require the help of a licensed electrician. The following is a list of some of the most common electrical problems that property owners experience, and ways to troubleshoot and fix them.

common electrical problems with wires

Power Surges

The cause: A power surge is when the voltage increases suddenly from your property’s power grid. It could be due to problems with the wiring or even lightning.

Try this: Remove some electronics from the power system and see if the surge is still happening. If that does not fix it, give the Liam Services team a call to talk about surge protection.

Circuit Breaker Trip/Fuse Blown

The cause: A circuit can easily become overloaded if there is too much trying to power off of it, and it can lead to the breaker tripping or the fuse blowing. This can also happen if there is old or faulty wiring.

Try this: Reduce how much power you are using at one time on the problem circuits. If the issue persists regardless, it’s time to hire an electrician.

Broken Light Switches

The cause: If you go to turn on the lights and nothing happens, it could be that the switch is old and has burnt out.

Try this: There is not much of a DIY fix for a broken light switch or one that has been overridden, because it will take some wiring to remediate. It’s best to reach out to an electrical company for assistance.

Electrical Shocks

The cause: Have you been shocked by electricity when turning on or off a device or appliance at your property? Not only is this uncomfortable – it is a seriously dangerous problem.

Try this: Call an electrician out right away. They can figure out why you are being shocked and get the issue fixed so that nobody is at risk of harm.

High Electrical Bills

The cause: If your electrical bills have gone up for seemingly no reason (ie: you are not using any more power than normal), there is likely an issue either with the system or with how the utility company is charging you.

Try this: Contact your electrical company to see if they raised the rates. If that is not the culprit of the higher bills, then an electrician can come out and identify if you are “leaking” power anywhere.

Assistance With Electrical Issues

Give these tips a try, and if the issue still persists, it may be something that you need to bring a professional in for. LIAM Services is available to help you in the Wilmington area, and can have an expert out to your property fast. Get in touch with our team now!

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