According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, nearly 400 electrocutions in the United States each year result from DIY electrical work. That’s why it’s important to hire a qualified electrician to ensure the safety and protection of your family. Hiring an electrician not only saves time but also it more importantly reduces potential safety hazards. Read on to learn more about common electrical repairs you may need in your home.
Common Electrical Repairs
Here a few common issues found in homes that will require electrical repair from a certified electrician:
Burned-out fuse: A burned-out fuse occurs when excess electricity passes through the fuse, causing it to melt. You may notice repeated blown fuses which is most likely due to an overloaded electrical system. To avoid an overload, it’s important to replace the blown-fuse and refrain from overloading the electrical system again. In some cases, blown fuses could be a result of a short-circuit commonly seen in badly-wired homes or when a hot wire touches the grounding pathway.
Loose power outlets: Detached power outlets can be hazardous. Your power outlets can become loose when the electrical box attached to them is mounted too far back in the wall. This causes fires, sparking, or arcs. In such cases, it’s important to have an electrician replace the worn-out outlet receptacle.
Burning smell: A burning smell in your home could indicate a dangerous problem. First, find out if the burning smell is coming from an outlet or a heating vent. If it’s from the outlet, inspect the outlet for scorch marks or smoke damages. If you note these signs, call an electrician because it may be faulty wiring causing the fire.
Sparks or arcs: A spark is a momentary electric discharge while an arc is a continuous spark. Sparks occur when something is plugged in, and electricity moves from the metal plug to the wire. The sparks are small and last only a second. However, if they are persistent and last more than a second, it’s time to call an electrician.
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