4 Common Electrical Problems And Their Solutions

Posted on: 17 January 2015


Are you having issues with your wiring? Are you trying to decide whether you should call an electrician or not? Here is a short list of common problems and their most likely causes:

Recessed lighting works seemingly at random: Recessed lighting has a safety feature to prevent it from overheating and causing a fire. If your recessed lighting stops working, check to make sure that you aren't using a higher wattage of bulb than the socket is rated for. If the bulb doesn't seem to be the issue, you'll need to have an electrician come out and inspect the fixture or fixtures in question. Insulation may be too close to the wrong side of the fixture, causing it to overheat and shut off.

Circuit breaker trips when you plug things into outlets: Even circuit breakers can get old and worn out. If having an electrician replace the circuit breaker doesn't help, then you'll need to talk to them about other solutions. Most older homes weren't built with modern electrical devices in mind, meaning that they may need a partial or complete rewiring in order for you to be able to dry your hair while your spouse is on the computer and your child listens to his or her stereo.

Light switch gets warm: This is perfectly normal for many dimmer switches. However, a regular on and off light switch shouldn't be noticeably warm to the touch. If this is happening, turn off the light immediately and call an electrician out to take a look at the switch. It may be nothing or the switch may need replacing, but it's best to be sure that everything is functioning correctly.

Electric bill is suddenly higher than normal: Do you have an electric water heater? A small hot water leak, especially during the winter, can cause your electric bill to skyrocket. If none of your faucets are leaking, it's still possible that there is a hidden leak inside one of your walls. Check your electric meter reading at 9 pm and then again when you wake up at 9 am. The next night, do the same thing except you should unplug your water heater first. If your electricity usage is drastically different on the second night, then you may need a plumber rather than an electrician. If there is no difference or only a small difference, an electrician like one from Mr. Sunshine Electric can help you pinpoint where the problem actually is.