You rely on your electrical system to power your lights, appliances, home security system, and more; therefore, the system must function correctly. In addition, electrical issues create the risk of electrocution or an electrical fire that could destroy your house in minutes while putting your family at significant risk.
Detecting electrical problems early is essential to protect your home and family. If the system experiences any of the following issues, hiring an emergency electrician is best. If you wait to make the call, the problem can escalate to something more dangerous with a more expensive repair bill.
#1 The Circuits Trip Frequently
The circuit breaker box is the heart of your electrical system. It separates the electrical system into circuits and has a safety feature that causes circuits to trip when there’s an overload.
If a circuit trips frequently, too many things are likely plugged into one circuit, causing the overload. Unplugging something could resolve the problem, but you’ll need to hire an emergency electrician to upgrade the breaker box so that it can handle your family’s electrical demand. There could also be a short in the breaker box, which is a serious issue because it can start an electrical fire.
A tech will inspect the breaker box, and the appliances plugged into the affected circuit, to make the necessary repair. It’s best to make the call immediately to prevent a disaster from happening.
#2 Burn Marks on an Outlet
If you see burn marks on an outlet and it’s warm to the touch, it’s best to hire an emergency electrician immediately. There’s more to solving this problem than replacing the outlet plate because the wiring is the cause. A short will cause the wires to get hot and burn the outlet, and you’ll need an electrical issue to fix the wiring issue, so it’s safe to use the outlet. When the project is complete, you won’t have to worry about electrocution or an electrical fire.
#3 You Rely on Extension Cords
Do you have only one or two outlets in each room? Do you need extension cords to power every device in the room? If so, your electrical system needs to be updated. Homes that were built decades ago weren’t designed for modern electrical needs. Back then, one or two outlets were more than enough, but today, we need one on every wall to ensure everything can be plugged in.
Extension cords are designed for temporary use, and using them permanently can overload power points, putting significant stress on the electrical system, which can be dangerous.
An emergency electrician can install outlets in each room, eliminating the need for extension cords. They’ll also inspect the breaker box to ensure it can handle your family’s electric demand, and they’ll upgrade it if necessary.
#4 Your Outlets Don’t Accept 3-Prong Plugs
Many appliances and devices today have 3-prong plugs with a ground that protects them during a fire surge. In addition, the 3-prong plugs will protect you from an electrical shock. If you mostly have 2-prong outlets in your home, it’s due to the age of your electrical system. We didn’t need 3-prong outlets decades ago because homes back then didn’t have to handle the electrical demand we need today.
Some people use extension cords or 3-prong adapters to plug in 3-prong devices, but there are better options than this one. As mentioned above, using extension cords isn’t the safest option, and if the adapter isn’t outfitted with a ground wire, it isn’t safe. If you’re tempted to snap the third prong off the plug, it’s a bad idea. Removing the third prong will make using the appliance unsafe and shouldn’t be used.
A licensed tech can replace the 2-prong outlets with 3-prong, eliminating the risk of an electrical fire or electrocution.
#5 The Electrical System Hasn’t Been Inspected in Years
Licensed professionals recommend having your electrical system inspected every few years. This is essential to ensure the system functions correctly and to detect minor issues before becoming something more serious that could spark an electrical fire that can destroy your house in minutes.
If it’s been years since the electrical system was inspected, you should call an emergency electrician. The electrician will fit you into their schedule immediately, and you won’t have to wait and worry that something could go wrong at any time.
#6 Flickering Lights
It’s not uncommon for the lights to dim or flicker when you run something that consumes significant energy. However, if the lights flicker often, it’s best to call an emergency electrician. The flickering lights could indicate a wiring issue that must be fixed immediately to prevent an electrical fire. The problem can also be your electrical system. If you live in an older home, the electrical system may not be able to handle modern electrical demand, and the overload will cause the lights to flicker. An emergency electrician can upgrade the system to ensure it can handle your family’s modern-day electrical needs, eliminating the risk of an electrical overload that can start an electrical fire.
Call Mister Sparky of Myrtle Beach Today
If you have an electrical issue that requires help from an emergency electrician, look no further than Mister Sparky of Myrtle Beach. We’re a full-service electric repair and installation company, and our owner has been in the business since 2004 and branched out on his own in 2010. We’ve been providing superior service to our customers ever since.
Our highly trained electricians’ extensive knowledge and skill have allowed them to successfully complete some of the most challenging jobs in the industry.
We understand your time is valuable, so the service call is free if the electrician is late for your appointment. When they arrive, the tech will be in a fully-stocked truck, allowing them to make many repairs on the same day. This will avoid the need for a second service call, which is more convenient for you.
Call Mister Sparky of Myrtle Beach today to schedule an appointment with an emergency electrician or any electrical service.
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