You rely on your home’s electrical system 24 hours a day. Your Myrtle Beach, SC home is where you feel the safest and most comfortable; however, accidents in the home occur, and many of them are preventable.
Your home’s electrical system is a point of danger if it isn’t working correctly. Electrical issues are the third leading cause of house fires, and many have led to fatal consequences.
Fortunately, you can stay ahead of danger if you can recognize the signs of a problem so that you can call an emergency electrician.
It can be challenging to know which electrical problems are emergencies and which issues can wait until you can get an appointment. If you aren’t sure, the problems below require an immediate call to an electrician.
#1 Circuit Breakers Trip Frequently
The electrical box in your home is your electrical system’s brain. When power comes into your home, the electrical box breaks it into circuits, so every area of your home has power. The electrical box is also your home’s best defense against major power problems.
If you have too many appliances and devices plugged into one circuit, it will trip to prevent an overload that could spark an electrical fire.
If a circuit breaker trips frequently, try to unplug something to see if it helps. If so, you should hire an electrician to upgrade the electrical box, allowing it to handle your family’s electrical demand.
If unplugging something doesn’t solve the problem, you should call an emergency plumber. There could be a short or a wiring issue that can spark an electrical fire, putting your home and family at risk.
The electrician can inspect the electrical box to figure out why the circuits are frequently tripping to resolve the problem before disaster strikes.
#2 An Outlet Is Warm To the Touch
The electrical outlets in your Myrtle Beach, SC home, should be the same temperature as the walls. If an outlet is warm or hot to the touch, you should call an emergency electrician right away.
This problem can occur due to high demand in a circuit, causing an overload and increasing the risk of an electrical fire. There could also be a wiring issue, which can be very dangerous.
Replacing the outlet won’t solve the problem; therefore, you should call an emergency electrician immediately. You should also get into the habit of checking the temperature of the outlets regularly so that you can detect this type of issue early, and you can call an electrician before the problem escalates.
#3 Flickering Lights
Do the lights in your home flicker when your turn on a major appliance? If so, the circuit may be overloaded, which can spark an electrical fire; therefore, you should call an emergency electrician immediately.
If the lights flicker for no apparent reason, there could be a wiring issue, which is also serious.
An emergency electrician can inspect the electrical system to determine why the lights are flickering so the necessary repair can be made. The longer you wait to call an electrician, the longer your home and family will be at risk.
#4 Buzzing Sound
If you hear a buzzing sound behind a well in your home, there probably isn’t a bee’s nest behind the wall. The buzzing is likely due to an electrical issue that requires an immediate call to an emergency electrician.
Several electrical issues could be causing the sound, such as loose screws at a termination point. The buzzing can also indicate a serious wiring problem, which could start an electrical fire.
An electrician can inspect your home’s electrical system to find the cause of the buzzing, so they can repair the problem, eliminating the risk of an electrical fire.
It isn’t uncommon to see a blue spark when unplugging an appliance while it is still running. Sparks can also occur when you plug in an appliance. When the conductors in a circuit are too close, a blue spark will jump from one conductor to another, and there is no need to worry.
If you see white or yellow sparks that last longer than a second, you should call an emergency electrician. The sparks could be due to an overload or an issue with the outlet itself, and a spark can easily start an electrical fire.
An electrician can inspect the outlet and the appliance to determine which is causing the sparks. If they determine your electrical system is the cause, they can repair the problem before it escalates. If the problem is with the appliance, you may need to replace it or call a professional in appliance repair.
#6 You Smell Something Burning
If you smell something burning in your Myrtle Beach, SC home and cannot find the cause, it could be due to a problem with your electrical system. You should turn off the main electrical switch as soon as you smell smoke or something burning, and call 911. When the fire department puts out the fire or determines there is no fire, you should contact an emergency electrician.
You will need a professional to inspect the electrical system for melted wires or any other damage or issues, so they can fix the problem and restore the power to your home. It is best to avoid using the electricity until an electrician has checked the electrical system.
Why Choose Mister Sparky of Myrtle Beach?
If you have an electrical issue that requires the help of an emergency electrician, call Mister Sparky of Myrtle Beach. We are a full-service electrical company, serving customers in the area since 2010.
We provide a variety of services, including:
- Electrical and appliance installations in new homes
- Electrical upgrades
- General electrical repair
- Interior, exterior, and landscape lighting installation
- Bathroom ventilation fan installation and repair
- Ceiling fan installation and repair
- Emergency service
To schedule an electrical service or repair appointment, give us a call or book online.