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The electrical system in your home is essential. If it isn’t functioning properly, you won’t have power for your lights and appliances. You can’t even use your heat and air conditioning without electricity.
Some homeowners try to make home repairs DIY projects in hopes of saving some money. While this is fine for some projects, electrical repairs should never be DIY projects. It takes a great deal of knowledge and training to work with electricity safely. If you don’t know what you are doing, you can get electrocuted or cause an electrical fire in your home.
Each year, there are over 50,000 fires caused by an electrical malfunction. If you don’t want your home to be one of them, you should be able to recognize the signs that you need to call an electrician as soon as the problem begins. Waiting too long will put your home and family at great risk.
If you are experiencing any of the issues below, you should call a professional immediately.
#1 You Keep Tripping Circuits
The breaker box in your home is your electrical system’s brain. If you try running too many appliances on one circuit, it will trip as a safety precaution. An overloaded circuit can cause an electrical fire that can quickly destroy your home. If you are tripping a circuit frequently, you should unplug a few appliances, and the problem could be solved. If this isn’t possible, you will need to call an electrician to upgrade your breaker box. If unplugging appliances doesn’t solve the problem, you should call a professional to inspect the breaker box and figure out what is causing the problem.
#2 A Hot Switch Plate Or Outlet
If you touch an outlet or a switch plate in your Conway, SC home and find that it’s hot, you should call a licensed electrician immediately. Your outlets and switch plates should never be hot. If they are, there could be an electrical issue behind the wall that will result in an electrical fire sooner than you think. This is an emergency situation and should be repaired immediately by a licensed professional. Waiting even one day to make the call could end in disaster.
#3 Visible Water Damage Around An Electrical Outlet
If you have an electrical outlet in your Conway, SC home with rust or moisture around it, you should call a licensed electrician right away. Most people know that water and electricity don’t mix. The water damage around the outlet is a sign of a very serious problem that can have very dangerous consequences. When you call a professional, they will inspect the outlet to determine where the water is coming from so that it can be repaired. They will also make sure that the outlet is safe for use after the repair has been made.
#4 A Buzzing Sound Behind the Wall
If you can hear a low-level buzzing sound when your home is quiet, it is unlikely that there is a beehive behind the wall. The problem is likely a wiring issue, and if you try to ignore it, it can soon cause an electrical fire. When an electrical fire starts behind a wall, it can quickly engulf the whole house, and you will lose everything. It is essential for your home and family’s safety that you call a licensed electrician as soon as you notice the sound. The sooner the electrical issue is repaired, the safer your home and family will be.
#5 You Have Two-Prong Outlets In Your Home
Most older homes were built with two-prong outlets. This was fine when the house was built because most appliances back then were designed with two-prong outlets. Today, most appliances were designed with a third prong to ground the appliance, which is an essential safety feature.
If your home is old and you don’t have any three-prong plugs or not enough, you should call a licensed electrician. They can replace your two-prong outlets with three-prongs, making life in your home a lot more convenient.
#6 You Don’t Have Enough Outlets In Your Home
Most older homes were built with just one or two outlets in each room. For most people, this is a problem. Many people need at least one outlet on each wall. If you live in an older home, running extension cords may be the only way to power everything you need in one room. This isn’t the best idea. Extension cords can create a tripping hazard and also a fire hazard. Old homes were built with just one outlet in each room because the breaker box is designed to handle a minimal energy load.
Rather than running extension cords, you should call a licensed electrician. A professional can inspect your breaker box to ensure that it can handle multiple outlets in each room. If it cannot, they can make the necessary upgrade and then add more outlets to the rooms that need them.
#7 The Lights Flicker When Turning On An Appliance
If you turn on an appliance such as your vacuum cleaner or washing machine and the lights flicker, you should call a licensed professional. You could have an electrical issue, or your electrical system may not be able to handle that amount of electricity. Both issues can result in an electrical fire; therefore, you should not hesitate to call a licensed professional.
Why Choose Mister Sparky Of Myrtle Beach?
If you need the help of a licensed electrician, contact Mister Sparky of Myrtle Beach. Our owner, Tony Zack, has been working in the electrical industry since 2004. In 2010, he branched out and started Mister Sparky.
We understand that electrical emergencies are serious and can occur at any time of the day or night. This is why we offer emergency service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you call us with an electrical emergency on a weekend or a holiday, we will get to your home just as quickly as if you had called during regular business hours.
If you are having an issue and need a licensed electrician’s assistance, give us a call today.