5 Common Electrical Faults Every Household Should Know

There are various electrical faults that can occur at home. Some are common while others rarely happen. However, before you attempt to detect or troubleshoot any of them, it is important that you have knowledge of the most common problems. This will prevent unnecessary effort and time to fix a problem that does not exist or you can never repair on your own.

Absence of Power in the Electrical Socket

Most homes experience this problem when a circuit breaker has tripped or turned off, or when a fuse has been blown off. Another common cause is a loose wire behind the wall socket. When this happens, determine the cause of the problem first and test the wall socket with a voltage meter or power tester. Absence or lack of power means that there is a loose wire behind the wall socket, which requires further inspection.

Presence of Weird Fishy Smell

One of the most common electrical faults is a weird fishy smell from the wall socket or switch caused by an arcing of electrical device. When the connection to the circuit of an electrical device is damaged, the electricity jumps to complete the circuit, resulting to a fire when the electricity zaps anything along the way. Electrical device arcing also indicates a serious damage to both the socket and electrical device. You will need to unplug the device and employ electrical repair services.

Hot Switch

Warm wall switches usually occur in dimming switches when they are running bulbs that have less than or equal to 600 Watts. When this happens, achieve the wattage required to run the dimmer properly by adding the right amount of bulbs. However, if the wall socket is hot, you need to use a voltage meter to look for a high decrease or increase in voltage.

Half-Dark, Half-Light

Another one of the common electrical faults is a circuit breaker problem, resulting to only half of the house with lighting. This occurs when a breaker is turned off, trips due to a power surge, or when a fuse blows off. Other causes are a loose wire or a short circuit. When this happens, check the circuit breaker. If it is on and functional, check your home for a short circuit. Until you find a loose or damaged breaker, call an electrician or check all your sockets and wiring all throughout the house.

Flickering Lights 

Problems with lighting fixtures and light bulbs may be linked to a number of causes. Flickering lights, lights that do not turn on or off, and buzzing sound when lights are on indicates wrong wattage or a bad connection between the bulb and switch. These problems can be fixed by replacing the bulb.  

Do not attempt to fix electrical faults without conducting research or undergoing training. Although these problems are fairly common, you may still need the help of electricians for a safer and more effective remedy. London Electricians offer a wide range of services to fix the most common and most complicated electrical problems.

If you think you are having problems with your electrical systems contact us right away and we’ll help you fix it.

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  • […] One of the most common electrical faults is a weird fishy smell from the wall socket or switch caused by an arcing of electrical device. When the connection to the circuit of an electrical device is damaged, the electricity jumps to complete the circuit, resulting to a fire when the electricity zaps anything along the way. Electrical device arcing also indicates a serious damage to both the socket and electrical device. You will need to unplug the device and call an electrician. […]

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