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The electrical wiring in your home is probably something you don’t think about much, but the minute you have a problem with it you will instantly be aware of it. The discovery of electricity has had a very transformative effect on the world. Everything in our homes down to the smartwatches on our wrists relies on electricity or electric charge to work.
It is impossible to imagine living without electricity now, but if something goes wrong and you don’t have an emergency electrical service you can trust in Myrtle Beach, SC to call you may not have a choice. It is important to always have an emergency service on your speed dial in case something goes wrong because as magical as electricity can be it can also be dangerous.
Electrical malfunctions or issues are usually not something you should try to fix on your own. Your home electrical system is a very complicated grid, and failure to properly close or troubleshoot an issue could result in an electrical fire. If you don’t properly address the problem it can also lead to electrocution.
In short, it is usually not worth it to troubleshoot electrical problems on your own unless you happen to have an electrician background. Of course, if you did, you probably would not be reading this blog. Unsure of whether your current electrical problem needs to be addressed urgently or can wait until the morning? Here are the top signs that you need to call for an emergency electrical service now.
Circuit Breaker Keeps Tripping
The circuit breaker in your home is one of the most important components in your entire electrical system. Its role is to keep track of the electrical load coming back to the box, and if there is a surge or it becomes overloaded to shut it down. This prevents a larger issue from happening that can harm you or damage the other electrical components in a home.
Even though a circuit tripping is actually a good sign, it can be annoying if it happens while you are in the middle of a task. Usually, this happens if you have multiple high voltage appliances working at the same time. However, if you notice that your circuit breaker is tripping multiple times or fuses are simply burning out it is time to call for emergency electrical service. This indicates that something is wrong with the electric system in your home and you need to find out why things keep getting overloaded.
Lights Flicker or Dim
This is a sign that occurs frequently in older homes but can happen in newer homes as well if there is an issue with the electrical system. Lights that flicker or dim when you turn on multiple outlets at a time or flicker anytime a major appliance kicks on indicating that something is wrong with your wiring system. There are a lot of reasons that this could be happening, but you need to get to the bottom of it with the help of an emergency electric service.
Sometimes the condition of the electrical system in your home is simply deteriorating, other times home pests may be gnawing on the insulation of the wires resulting in a weakening electrical system. An emergency electric system can get to the bottom of the issue quickly and help reduce the chance of harm to you.
Sometimes an emergency electrical service can find a simple solution, such as creating a dedicated circuit for appliances within the home. In this case, appliances need to be rerouted to help even the power destruction within a home. In other cases, a larger overhaul may be needed such as the installation of a larger circuit box or the replacement of wires that are old and failing. It is better to have an emergency electrical service investigate issues then wake up to an electrical fire or the smell of smoldering rubber.
Burning Rubber Smell
Speaking of which, another definite sign that you need to call an emergency electrical service in Myrtle Beach, SC is if you smell a burning smell near any of the electrical outlets in your home. The burning smell may indicate that the outlet is becoming overheated. Other times you can actually see the clear signs on the outlet. Outlets that have been overloaded for some time before you notice have brown or black marks on the switch or socket. This is an indication that the outlet is sparking or smoldering behind what you can see. It is also a very large fire risk.
Anytime that you smell electrical burning or see evidence you need to unplug anything that goes into the outlet and then turn off the outlet. If you know the circuit that connects to the outlet is a good idea to flip the switch and turn it off as well. After you do this, immediately call an emergency electrical service to come out and take a look so you can prevent a fire from occurring.
Your Circuit Box Sounds Like It Is Humming
There are certain noises you expect to hear from your basement. For instance, your heater probably has a slow rhythmic hum to it when it is running. Your washing machine has a steady sloshing pattern and if you have a freezer in the basement it probably hums while running. While these are all normal sounds, you should NEVER hear a sound coming from your breaker box. If you hear any buzzing or humming coming directly from the breaker box you need to flip the electrical turn-off in your home and immediately call an emergency electrical service.
If you have noticed any of the above signs in your home, you need an emergency electrical service you can trust to come out and inspect your wiring system. Mister Sparky of Myrtle Beach has been helping local customers with their electrical emergencies for years. Give us a call and we will inspect your home to make sure it is safe for you and your family.