4 Common Electrical Problems (And How To Diagnose Them)

We’re going to outline some common electrical problems for you, but first and foremost, remember that electricity is dangerous! Unless you are an experienced (and preferably licensed) electrician, working with the wires, sockets, circuit boards and so on in your home is a bad idea. Not only do you expose yourself to potential electrocution, but slight flaws in your work could open up your home to fire hazards. Bad news!

That aside, here are four common household electrical problems, how to diagnose them, and what you can possibly do to fix them WITHOUT calling a NJ electrician!

  1. Circuit Breaker Keeps Tripping – This is a common and frustrating issue that many homeowners will eventually find themselves plagued with. The good news is that it’s easy to diagnose. The bad news is that the problem might be a little serious. If your circuit breaker keeps tripping, it might mean the circuit breaker is overloaded. That’s bad. It means potential overheating, which can lead to a fire. Resolve this by avoiding plugging in too many appliances into one outlet. If that doesn’t work, contact an Ocean County electrical contractor. You don’t want to mess with something that is a potential fire hazard!
  2. Frayed or Faulty Wires – This is one you should notice with a simple visual inspection. Wires on your appliances, plugs, and so on look okay? Great. Starting to look a little frayed? Not so great! These may seem like minor issues, especially if your appliances or outlets are still working the way they are supposed to, but in fact issues like this can be a major fire hazard. Do we need to remind you that that’s bad? Don’t let issues like this go. Use an Ocean County electrical contractor rather than put yourself and your family in danger.
  3. The Outlet Isn’t Working – This is a common one, and it’s very frustrating. You tried to use an outlet, but aren’t getting any power. What to do first? First, check your nearby outlets. Are they working? If not, you may have tripped the circuit breaker. That’s an easy fix! Just locate your home’s electrical panel, see if the switch is at “off,” and if so, flip it back. If not … time you call an Ocean County electrician to help you!
  4. The Lights Are Flickering – It’s not too unusual to experience this from time to time. The first thing to check is an easy one: is the bulb in securely? They can loosen even through the expansion and contraction of heat, so be sure it’s screwed in tightly. Also double check the wattage. Incorrect wattage for the socket can cause this problem. After that, try another bulb. If none of this works, you may have a wiring problem. That means it’s time to call an LBI electrician to help out!

These are just four problems of the many that homeowners can expect to eventually encounter, but they are at least the four most common. Remember, they can be pretty easy to diagnose, are not all that difficult for an expert to solve, and are downright DANGEROUS to leave ignored. So do the smart thing and get them taken care of!