Signs Your Electrical Wiring Is Failing
No homeowner would argue that the electrical system is one of the most vital systems in the home. Imagine living without electricity, even for a moment. No television. No kitchen appliance. No lights to turn on when it’s dark.
But the electrical system is one of those systems that’s tucked away behind the walls – out of sight, out of mind. If there is a problem and you continue to ignore it, it can lead to extensive damage to your home … or worse.
There really isn’t a good reason to ignore potential problems. Yet how do you know if your home is at risk? What are the signs your electrical wiring is failing? And what should you do next?
If you find yourself doing any of these things, it’s time to give one of our electricians a call.
You just bought another extension cord
Although you can find extension cords in just about every big box store throughout Atlanta, that doesn’t make them a wise purchase. If you need an extension cord, it’s a sign your electrical system isn’t up to par. Their design means you’re snaking potential problems to more places inside your home. They often are kinked and frayed, which can cause shortages, damage outlets, and cause a fire.
Your lights flicker
Have you ever noticed your lights flickering on and off? It might only be for a second or two here and there, but that flicker is trying to tell you something. It’s telling you your home appliances are putting too much of a drain on your electrical system. And this happens when one or more run, heat, and cool. An electrician can test your system, find out what appliances are your biggest problems, and recommend adding or changing circuits to ensure you no longer have a drain on your system.
You don’t have GFCI outlets
If you purchased your home years before, you might not have GFCI outlets in place. A ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) protects you from electrical shock in the most vulnerable places in your home. They should be in every room where plumbing and electrical mix – bathrooms, kitchen, laundry room, outdoor living space. Starting in the early 1970s, the National Electrical Code has upgraded its standards several times to ensure your safety in every room in your home. If you don’t have GFCI outlets in place, it’s time to upgrade to ensure your safety.
You notice something strange
Always rely on your senses when determining if your electrical system has a problem. Do you smell something burning? Do you see smoke when you plug something in? Can you feel heat around an outlet? Can you hear buzzing noises when a circuit is turned on or in use?
Don’t ignore potential problems. Instead, call in one of our trained electricians today to ensure your family’s safety.