Finding the source of electrical trouble in your home is a very simple process that you need to learn to effectively troubleshoot your electrical systems. Finding the source of the trouble is the most obvious solution when fixing small electrical issues. But before you begin any electrical repair on your own, you should know where and when to look for the most common electrical troubles. You should have an idea of the most common potential problems that many electrical systems have.
In this article, we are going to take a look at the most common electrical issues that you can fix on your own. You don’t even need to have an experience in fixing electrical issues for you to be able to fix these issues. All you need to have is the basic knowledge of using simple tools and equipment. Of course, you need to own several tools as well.
The most common simple electrical issues:
Electrical outlet outage
The first step here is to check the circuit breaker. If there are no circuit breakers tripped and the outage is confined to a small part of your house, the outlet might be the problem. If the outlet has some black burned mark, dispose of it as it is a potential hazard. Even if only the one with the burn mark is damaged, dispose of the whole outlet. Do not risk your safety by cheaping your way through safety.
Electrical outlet sparks
While it will be scary for some sparks to fly whenever you plug something in your outlet, it’s quite normal. The power diversion from the outlet to the appliance may cause a brief spark. This is comparable to static electricity which is quite normal.
Heat building up in outlet
Heat building up in the outlet is not a good sign. It can be a sign of overloading or faulty outlet. If too much heat builds up in the outlet, melting may actually occur and this can destroy your outlet and might even start a fire inside your home. When the wire insulator becomes too worn out because of the heat, the wire may cause a spark. The spark can jump to the wrong area and cause a short circuit. This is one of the main causes of electrical fires.
Flickering light is a sign of bad connection. It would worsen overtime as the bad connection becomes worn out. You need to hunt down the source of the electrical connection problem and correct it as soon as possible to avoid any additional damage.
Circuit breaker always tripping
There are times where circuit breakers trips often even if you change it. Appliances can cause circuit breakers to trip because some appliances are high-wattage and can overload the circuit. Check the wattage of your appliances and don’t put two high-wattage items together to make sure that your circuit can handle it.