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Working with an emergency electrician can seem a little overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. Rather, you just need to know what you’re getting into and you need to know what circumstances dictate calling an electrician and which ones don’t. We’re going to take a look at some of the major things that might be happening in your home that mean you need to call in a professional right away to get things taken care of.
Fuses Blow Constantly
Blown fuses are a sign that something is going wrong inside your home. When they blow once in a while it’s no big deal and they can generally be replaced without worry. But if you’re constantly blowing fuses then that’s a different story entirely. You’re going to want an emergency electrician to take a look and see if there’s something more serious going on with your electrical system and that’s where a professional can help.
Switches Are Warm
Your light switches shouldn’t get warm even when your lights are being used. That means you should always get an emergency electrician to take a look at what’s going on. This is even more important if you notice something that you aren’t using that’s getting warm because it means that electricity is definitely going through that appliance and far more than would normally be considered ‘phantom energy.’ Working with a professional will help you get it taken care of quickly.
Lights Keep Flickering
Chances are you’ve seen the scary movies where the lights flicker or you’ve experienced a flicker in your own home during a storm. But your lights aren’t supposed to do that. If there’s a storm and you notice it happens once you might not be concerned, but if it happens otherwise that means there’s too much electricity being drawn at one time and it’s overloading the system. Call an emergency electrician to take a closer look and figure out just what’s happening with your lights and anything else that’s using electricity in your home.
Power Outlets Have Overloaded
If you have a lot of things plugged into your power outlets you may not necessarily need an emergency electrician, but you do need an electrician. That’s because this is a sign that you just don’t have enough power outlets in your home and you need a professional to come out and install more. This will help you cut down on how much you’re using any one outlet, which actually increases the safety in your home.
Using Too Many Extension Cords
Another sign you need more electrical outlets is if you’re using a whole lot of extension cords. You shouldn’t need too many in your home because that means that the outlets just aren’t convenient or you’re plugging in so many things that there’s not enough space for all of them. Instead, contact your electrician to find out more about installing additional power outlets throughout your home to cut down on your reliance on electrical cords.
Light Bulbs Are Dying Fast
Did you know that light bulbs will die faster or slower depending on the way the electrical works in your home? Well, they absolutely will. And if your light bulbs seem to be dying out frequently it’s a sign that something is going on that shouldn’t be. Talking with an emergency electrician or even your general electrician will help you figure out what’s going on, which will save you money and improve your electrical overall.
Electric Bill Is Way too High
We all know that high electrical bills are a sign that you should be talking with a professional, and that’s exactly what’s going on here. Talk with an electrician about why your bills might be too high and see if they can do an inspection to check what’s drawing all the energy in your home. They may be able to do an energy audit and help you cut down on some of your energy usage in a more effective way.
Light Switches Are Shocking
When you turn on a light switch you should not be experiencing any kind of electric shock. You’ve likely felt the little zip of static electricity when you walk across carpet and touch something but that kind of shock shouldn’t happen with your switches or appliances. If it is happening it means that something is wrong and you should absolutely call an emergency electrician before you use those appliances. You want to make sure your family is safe, after all.
Power Outlets Are 2-Prong
Okay, you may not need an emergency electrician for this one, but you definitely want to get it taken care of. No one wants to deal with 2-prong outlets because it means there’s a lot of things you can’t plug in, plus it means your outlets aren’t properly grounded. Instead of dealing with it, talk with a professional to find out when and how you can get your current outlets swapped out to something that’s safer and more efficient for your home.
Electrical System Is Old
If it’s just plain been a while since your electrical system was looked at you’ll want to take a closer look and hire a professional who can evaluate the system. They’ll be able to tell you if anything needs changed, improved or upgraded. All you have to do is give them a call.
Take a look at each of these and think about whether or not you’ve experienced them in your own home. If you have, you may need an emergency electrician to come out and help you improve your safety. Our team at Mister Sparky of Myrtle Beach, can help you figure out what’s going on in your house and make sure that your entire family is going to be safer. All you need to do is give us a call and schedule an appointment so we can get started for you. We’re ready to help with anything you need.